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Flames spread through northeast Ocala home after kitchen appliance catches fire

Ocala firefighters rushed to a local residence on Saturday evening after a fire ignited in the kitchen.

At around 5:05 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue received reports of a residential structure fire in the 1800 block of NE 24th Street. Multiple units were immediately dispatched to the home, according to OFR.

Fire truck in front of house after flames extinguished on March 2, 2024 (Photo by Ocala Fire Rescue)
OFR units consisting of Engines 1, 3, 5, Rescue 5, Tower 1, and Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22 were dispatched to the northeast Ocala home on March 2, 2024. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a single-story wood-framed home with “smoke and flames showing.” The flames, which originated from a small kitchen appliance, had spread into the living room and porch area.

OFR stated that the home’s occupants had safely exited the property and were standing outside when firefighters arrived on scene.

Firefighters combating house fire on March 2, 2024 (Photo by Ocala Fire Rescue)
Firefighters blasting the porch with water to combat the fire. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Firefighters quickly attacked the flames on the porch and worked their way toward the kitchen door. They then proceeded to extinguish the fire in the kitchen before progressing toward the living room.

Firefighters and police officers at scene of house fire on March 2, 2024
Firefighters used a pre-connected hoseline to attack the flames inside the home. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

The fire was under control by 5:12 p.m. Firefighters then ventilated the home and checked for fire extension in the attic.

House fire in Ocala on March 2, 2024 damage to exterior of home (photo by Ocala Fire Rescue)
It took OFR crews less than 10 minutes to extinguish the house fire on Saturday evening. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

There were no injuries report.

Ocala Fire Rescue, and OPD officers, at scene of house fire on March 2, 2024 2
A photo of the home’s exterior after the flames were extinguished. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

The Prevention Division, Ocala Police Department, and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded to the home on Saturday evening.

Ocala Fire Rescue, and OPD officers, at scene of house fire on March 2, 2024 1
The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded to the scene of the house fire. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

In a social media post on Sunday morning, Ocala Fire Rescue stated that when a fire strikes, residents should “get out and stay out!” OFR added that this message is one that fire departments have been “preaching for years,” and it prevented burns last night when the fire ignited inside the northeast Ocala home.