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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lightning strikes Ocala home, sparks fire

Marion County firefighters rushed to the scene on Thursday afternoon after a local residence caught on fire following a lightning strike.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to a home in the 5000 block of SE 24th Place in Ocala due to reports of a structure fire. Neighbors had contacted 911 to report that the house was struck by lightning, and heavy smoke and flames were visible.

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A home in the 5000 block of SE 24th Place was struck by lightning (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)

Multiple MCFR suppression units, along with Ocala Fire Rescue Battalion Chief and Engine 7, arrived at the residence to extinguish the fire.

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Multiple units arrived on scene to combat the flames (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)

The crews worked quickly to put out the fire, and some of the homeowner’s possessions were saved.

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Some of the home owner’s belongings were not damaged in the fire (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)

The cause of the fire has been deemed a witnessed lightning strike.