- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Emergency responders say one person is dead following an overnight fire at an independent living facility in Lakeland.

The Lakeland Fire Department says the fire broke out early Sunday at the five-story Bella Vista Manor, which houses 41 residents.

Fire officials say the building was quickly evacuated and that one body was found in subsequent searches of the burned structure.

Two residents were taken to area hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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