Damage from fire that swept through Market of Marion estimated at $300,000

Flames that raced through a building at Market of Marion on Monday night caused about $300,000 damage to the popular Belleview flea market.

Marion County firefighters scrambled to battle a blaze at Market of Marion on Monday night that destroyed a building at the popular flea market.

Crews from Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the blaze at 7:10 p.m. after a 911 caller reported heavy smoke and flames showing from Aisle C South. Firefighters from Spruce Creek Station 30 arrived two minutes later and reported a working fire, a report says.

A second alarm was called out, which brought 11 additional units from Belleview Station 18, Villages of Marion Station 10, Weirsdale Station 27, Shady Station 16, Anthony Station 1, Operations Station 33 and Marion Oaks Station 24. Seven command officers also were deployed to the scene, including Fire Chief James Banta and Division Chief Robert Graff.

The fire scene was separated into two divisions as firefighters made an aggressive interior attack on the blaze. They were able to stop the flames from advancing into the other areas of the marketplace.

The fire was called under control at 8:19 p.m. Seventeen units and 53 firefighters battled the blaze, with 30,000 gallons of water needed to extinguish the flames.

The owner of Market of Marion estimated the damage from Monday night’s fire at $300,000.

The 9,600-square-foot section of the market was destroyed. The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Market of Marion is located at 12888 SE U.S. Hwy. 441 in Belleview. It’s typically open Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am. to 4 p.m. Call (352) 245-6766 for more information about the market’s plans for this coming weekend.

Fifty-three firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue were called to a fire at Market of Marion on Monday night.
Fire crews from Spruce Creek Station 30, Belleview Station 18, Villages of Marion Station 10, Weirsdale Station 27, Shady Station 16, Anthony Station 1, Operations Station 33 and Marion Oaks Station 24 battled a blaze at Market of Marion on Monday night.