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Nine Displaced After Morning Fire in Ocala

By Ocala Fire Rescue, Correspondent | August 17, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 081720116

(OCALA, Fla.) On August 17, 2020, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a fire at the 2300 block of SW Fort King Street, at 3:04 a.m.

OFR Engines 1, 3, 4 and 7, Rescue 3, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 22, and a Safety Officer arrived on scene to find flames burning through the roof of a one-story duplex unit. At 3:08 a.m. Engine crews began fire attack operations while Rescue crews completed a search to ensure no one was inside either of the compromised units.

The fire was under control by 3:16 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nine people, including five children, were displaced. No injuries were reported.

OFR Chaplain assistance and American Red Cross resources were requested.

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.