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Firefighters battle house fire in southwest Ocala

Firefighters were dispatched to a southwest Ocala neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon after a passing motorist saw smoke rising from a home.

At around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, multiple Ocala Fire Rescue units responded to a home located in the 300 block of SW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they observed smoke rising from the eaves of a single-story residence.

Firefighters battle house fire in SW Ocala on May 7, 2024.
The fire occurred inside a home located on SW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Ocala. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Two Ocala Fire Rescue units quickly entered the residence to attack the flames, and a third unit searched the interior for any occupants. OFR stated that a primary and secondary search revealed that the home was unoccupied.

Firefighters battle house fire in SW Ocala on May 7, 2024.
OFR crews attacking the fire on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Firefighters used a “large-diameter hose” to combat the flames, and the fire was soon under control.

Firefighters battle house fire in SW Ocala on May 7, 2024.
Multiple OFR units (Engines 1, 3, and 4, Squad 7, Rescue 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer) managed to quickly extinguish the flames inside the unoccupied home on Tuesday afternoon.(Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

There were no injuries reported.

OFR’s Deputy Chief, the Fire Prevention Division, the Ocala Police Department, and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded to the residence on Tuesday afternoon.

An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the house fire, according to Ocala Fire Rescue.