Units from Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a residential structure fire early Monday morning near the Ocala Police Department’s headquarters building.

Flames were coming from a home in the 400 block of SW 3rd Avenue when Ocala Fire Rescue crews arrived on scene around 1:15 a.m. Monday.
A crew from Ocala Fire Rescue attacks a blaze that started in the attic of an empty home in the 400 block of SW 3rd Avenue early Monday morning.

The fire, which burned a home in the 400 block of SW 3rd Avenue, was spotted by an officer as he was coming into the building for a briefing. Police officers responded and evacuated neighboring homes as a precaution.

Heavy gray smoke was visible as firefighters approached the area of the burning home. Upon arrival, engine crews conducted a perimeter search and prepared for fire suppression operations, while rescue crews searched for home occupants, an Ocala Fire Department report states.

The crew from Engine 7 entered the house through a window and was able to pull down ceiling times and douse the fire, which was located in the attic, the report says.

A house fire in the 400 block of SW 3rd Avenue in Ocala was first reported by an Ocala Police officer early Monday morning.

No one was in the home and no injuries were reported. It also was determined that the house had no electricity.

Three engine crews, a rescue unit and a tower truck were dispatched to the blaze, along with a battalion chief and a safety officer. The cause of the fire is unknown and the incident has been referred to the police department’s investigation bureau.

Three Ocala Fire Rescue engine crews, a rescue unit, a tower truck, a battalion chief and a safety officer were dispatched to a fire that broke out early Monday morning in an empty home in the 400 block of SW 3rd Avenue in Ocala.