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Firefighters Save Dog from Apartment Fire in Ocala

By Ocala Fire Rescue, Correspondent | September 11, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 091320115

(OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 11, 2020 – Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a fire alarm at Canterbury Circle apartment complex at 7:38 p.m.

OFR Engines 3, 4, and 6, Rescue 3, Squad 7, Battalion Chief 22, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the call at the 3500 block of SW 38th Terrace.

Upon arrival, crews encountered a strong smell of smoke near the unit that triggered the fire alarm. Without residents to facilitate access, firefighters forced entry into the unit. Upon entering, crews found a dog attempting to exit the smoke-filled staircase of the second-floor duplex unit. The dog was removed and taken to safety.

Engine crews made their way up the stairs to find a fire in the kitchen and an active sprinkler system dousing the flames. The fire was under control by 7:52 p.m. and extinguished by 7:56 p.m.

The sprinkler system was deactivated, and overhaul operations began.

Four people (two second-floor unit residents and two from the first-floor unit) were displaced due to significant water damage. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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.