One person was killed and a Marion County Fire Rescue captain was injured while battling a blaze in Citra late Monday morning.
Multiple firefighting crews were dispatched to the 14000 block of N Magnolia Avenue after multiple 911 callers reported that a home was fully involved in flames. They reported that a resident was trapped inside the structure and they were hearing multiple explosions, a report states.
A district captain and Engine Company #19 arrived on scene at 11:12 a.m. to find the approximately 1,200-square-foot, concrete-block structure fully involved in flames. A resident of the home indicated that someone was trapped inside the structure, so firefighters quickly deployed two hose lines and began battling the blaze.
Upon completing an inspection of the fire area, the district captain was knocked the ground after coming into contact with a power line. He was removed from the fire ground area and transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
Additional firefighters from Golden Ocala Station #20, Fort McCoy Station #7, Anthony Station #1, Rolling Greens Station #28 and Meadowood Farms Station #12 arrived on scene to assist in the defensive operation. Crews battled back the flames and made entry into the home. The entrapped victim was declared dead by firefighters at 11:34 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. All told, 43 firefighters and nine suppression units were dedicated to the fire scene.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending official notification of next of kin. The injured district captain was expected to be released sometime Monday night.