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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Employees evacuated after structure catches fire at Hydrologic

Employees at Hydrologic were safely evacuated on Wednesday evening after an exterior wall caught on fire.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a commercial structure fire at Hydrologic (1417 SW 17th Street). Upon arrival, OFR units consisting of Engines 1, 3, and 4, Rescue 1, Tower 1, a Safety Officer, and Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22 observed flames on the back of a semi-truck, a dumpster, and part of an exterior wall.

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Ocala Fire Rescue units arriving on scene (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

Crew members from Engine 1 and Rescue 1 began battling the fire on the back of the semi-truck. Within three minutes, the flames were extinguished.

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Firefighters extinguished the semi-truck’s fire within a few minutes (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

The crew members moved to the dumpster fire with Engine 4’s fire suppression support, and they attacked the dumpster and wall fire simultaneously.

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A firefighter extinguishes the dumpster fire (Photo courtesy of Ocala Fire Rescue)

A structural search was completed, and firefighters ascended a ladder to check the roof of the building for any signs of a fire. According to OFR, the flames were extinguished in all three areas by 5:42 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

The Ocala Police Department also responded.