Two vehicles became engulfed in flames in the parking lot of a local residential complex on Friday morning.
According to Ocala Fire Rescue, at approximately 2:53 a.m., units consisting of Engines 3 and 5, Rescue 3, and Battalion Chief 22 responded to the 2300 block of NE 2nd Street due to reports of an outside fire. As the units neared the location, dispatch advised the units that they were responding to a vehicle fire.
Once crew members arrived at the parking area of the residential complex, they observed two vehicles, parked side-by-side, that were on fire. A Cadillac XTS was completely engulfed in flames and a Kia Sorrento was “roughly 50% involved,” according to OFR.
Engine 3 attacked the flames with a pre-connected hose line. Rescue 3 assisted with fire mitigation while a water supply was established by Engine 5.
As crew members battled the fire, fuel from both vehicles leaked and ignited. A hose line was used by the crews to create a physical barrier to prevent a running fuel fire and a second pre-connected hose was used to contain the flames.
Within 16 minutes, the fire was under control.
A third vehicle, a Ford Focus that was parked next to the vehicles that were on fire, sustained some damage caused by radiating heat.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.
The Ocala Police Department also responded.