NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A child and an adult are dead after a fire sparked early Monday morning at a New Port Richey apartment and investigators are trying to determine the cause.
The fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. at the Park at Ashley Place Apartments, located at 4031 Vista Verde Drive. According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, flames were showing from the second-floor when crews arrived.
Firefighters said they were told two people were trapped inside, and that's when they rushed up the stairs where they found the adult and child. The two were quickly pulled from the building and first responders tried life-saving interventions, Pasco County fire officials said.
The child and adult were rushed to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead, Pasco fire crews confirmed.
PCFR, the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office and the Pasco Sheriff's Office are now investigating the cause of the fire.
One firefighter had minor burns and was medically evaluated on scene, according to fire officials. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Officials said five apartments had fire, water, and smoke damage.
Red Cross assisted some of those who were displaced. An exact number of displaced residents was not provided.