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Dogs, reptiles killed in southeast Ocala mobile home fire

A family’s dogs and reptiles were killed early Wednesday morning after a fire ignited inside their mobile home in southeast Ocala.

At around 3:10 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to a home located in the 100 block of SE 81st Street in Ocala. According to MCFR, multiple individuals had called 911 to report that a house was on fire and explosions were being heard in the area.

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MCFR crews battled a mobile home fire on SE 81st Street in Ocala on May 29, 2024. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In addition, MCFR was informed that multiple dogs and reptiles were trapped inside the mobile home.

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The residents told MCFR that multiple dogs and reptiles were trapped inside the mobile home. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Within around three minutes, the first MCFR unit arrived on scene and observed a mobile home that was “50% involved in flames.”

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MCFR stated that approximately 50% of the mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

The perimeter of the mobile home was inspected, and firefighters immediately deployed hoses to attack the flames.

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A firefighter using one of the hoses to blast the mobile home with water. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Additional MCFR crews soon arrived at the mobile home to assist with extinguishing the blaze.

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Several MCFR units assisted with combating the mobile home fire. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

While combating the fire, MCFR crews encountered multiple hazards that included exploding ammunition and downed power lines.

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MCFR stated that the fire was called under control at 3:36 a.m. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames by around 3:35 a.m. While searching the interior of the home, they discovered that two dogs and multiple reptiles had perished in the fire.

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Firefighters searching the interior of the mobile home. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
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Firefighters inside the mobile home. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

There were no injuries reported to firefighters or civilians.

Due to the fire, the homeowners have been displaced, and the American Red Cross arrived on scene to assist them.

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The cause and origin of the mobile home fire is currently being investigated by MCFR. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

MCFR stated that an investigation is currently underway to determine the cause and origin of the fire.