Helping a hero: Kissimmee firefighter recovering after losing home in blaze

in Kissimmee News & Events

SOURCE: Osceola News-Gazette

A Kissimmee firefighter and his family are reeling after an unusual fire damaged their Ocoee home New Year’s Day morning.

Greg Lightbody has been fighting fires for five years and has extinguished dozens of blazes in his career.

But it’s different when it happens to your own home, Lightbody said.

“Nothing can prepare you for this,” said the 31-year-old father of two. “You never realize the additional mental stress that comes along with everything.”

Lightbody got the call from his wife, Cayla, when the New Year was just a few hours old. Greg was on duty at Station 13 near Plaza Del Sol in Kissimmee when Cayla called to tell him the house was burning.  

“Your biggest fear is something happening while you’re gone for 24 hours,” Lightbody said. “Being a firefighter just makes you even more paranoid about things like that.”

Cayla, their two sons – ages 3 and 5 – and visiting family members were inside the home when the fire occurred. Everyone got out safe, but the garage was destroyed along with the entire attic and parts of the roof.