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Two Weekend Fires in Orlando Destroy Businesses and Damage an Area Home


ORLANDO-Fires destroyed an Ethan Allen furniture store and damaged a local woman's residence on Sunday. Investigators from the state's Bureau of Fire Arson Investigations worked both fire scenes today and continue to investigate the business fire.

The first fire spread from the Ethan Allen furniture store at 2600 Taft Ave. to two adjacent businesses. When firefighters arrived several minutes after receiving a 911 call, all three businesses were engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, and no injuries were reported.

The businesses housed and refinished new and used furniture including valuable grand pianos, some irreplaceable. Losses were estimated at approximately $2 million. Investigators from the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations determined that the fire originated in the rear storage area of the Ethan Allen, but the cause is still under investigation.

Investigators responded to a second fire at the home of 73-year-old Edith Graeven, at 5364 Jean Drive, and concluded that lightning from heavy storms was the cause.

Graeven said she awoke to a smoke-filled house and saw her television set on fire. Her house sustained approximately $5,000 in damages, and she was treated for smoke inhalation and released. State investigator Christopher Scovotto determined the fire resulted from an electrical surge from a lighting strike. Graeven's neighbors reported hearing loud thunder around the time of the fire.

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of the State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. The central region of the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. To report information about a suspicious fire call 1-407-897-2892, 24 hours a day. Information can also be mailed to 3659 Maguire Blvd., Suite 151, Orlando, Florida, 32803. Information may be given anonymously.