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Friday, November 19, 2021

Ocala Tractor suffers fire, soldiers on

Ocala Tractor is focused on moving forward after sustaining structural damage from a large two-alarm fire.

Early this morning, Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the 7000 block of N U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala in response to a commercial structure fire.

Ocala Tractor building damaged after two alarm fireA 911 call indicated that the communications center was on fire.

MCFR Engine 1 and Heavy Rescue 2 arrived around 4 a.m. and observed heavy smoke pouring from the roof.

Ocala Tractor building damaged after two alarm fire 2Firefighters forced their way into the structure and encountered heavy flames from inside the attic.

Ocala Tractor building damaged after two alarm fire 4A second alarm was struck to request additional trucks, engine companies, and five water tankers.

Ocala Tractor building damaged after two alarm fire 1Several crews entered the building and began to battle the fire. According to MCFR, conditions inside the structure quickly deteriorated, and the crews were forced to evacuate.

Ocala Tractor building damaged after two alarm fire 3A defense operation was launched to combat the flames, and the fire was under control by 5:20 a.m. There were 29 units and 58 firefighters on scene.

The Florida State and Marion County Fire investigators are currently investigating the origin and cause of the fire.

In a social media post, Ocala Tractor stated, “What do we do as a family at Ocala Tractor in tough times? We stick together and move forward.

Ocala Tractor also thanked Marion County Fire Rescue and added that they are still open for business. “We suffered a fire today but that will not stop us from serving our community. Please bear with (us) during this hard time. We will rebuild.”