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Two People, Four Pets Rescued After Apartment Fire

By OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent | August 07, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 081020104

OCALA, FL - On August 7th, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a fire at Berkley Pointe Apartments, located at 2843 NE 7th St., at 7:51 P.M.

OFR Engines 1, 2, and 5, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer arrived on scene to find black smoke emitting from a first story apartment. Crews secured the scene, identifying two individuals on the second floor in need of rescue. Firefighters gained access to one of the second-floor residents through a window, while the other was escorted downstairs through the apartment corridors.

The fire was under control by 8:05 P.M. and extinguished by 8:10 P.M.

Two parakeets, a dog, and a turtle were also rescued.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. No injuries were reported.

The Ocala Police Department, Ocala Electric Utility, and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.