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Friday, December 3, 2021

Man crashes vehicle into Ocala church and sets it on fire with parishioners inside

A man is behind bars in the Marion County Jail after crashing his vehicle through the front doors of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala and setting it on fire while parishioners were inside.

Marion County firefighters enter the fire-damaged Queen of Peace Catholic Church on State Road 200 in Ocala on Saturday morning.
The front lobby area of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church was damaged Saturday morning after a man slammed his vehicle into the building and lit it on fire.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies and crews from Marion County Fire Rescue were called to the church, located at 6455 State Road 200, at 7:35 a.m. after a 911 caller reported the vehicle crash and fire in the lobby area of the building.

Flames damaged the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala on Saturday morning after a man crashed his vehicle into the building and set it on fire.

Crews from Friendship Fire Station #21 arrived on scene at 7:40 a.m., followed closely by Liberty Fire Station #32. The firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and had the flames under control within seven minutes of arrival.

The man, whose name hasn’t yet been released, led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase before eventually being taken into custody. No serious injuries were reported in the incident.

Crews from Marion County Fire Rescue battled a blaze at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala on Saturday morning.
A man who is accused of crashing into the Queen of Peace Catholic Church and setting it on fire was arrested Saturday morning after leading Marion County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase.