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Marion County Fire Rescue Safeguards Homes, Thwarts Brush Fire

Ocala, FL - A swift and coordinated response by the Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) successfully protected several homes from a threatening brush fire in Marion Oaks today. The fire, first reported at 11:58 am in the 8300 block of SW 139th Lane Road, was rapidly escalating, posing a significant risk to nearby structures.

The emergency was triggered by a 911 call from a resident reporting a brush fire dangerously close to her home. Battalion Chief #4, while en route, observed a large column of smoke, indicating the severity of the situation. Upon arrival at 12:07 pm, BC#4 orchestrated a strategic response, deploying Stations #24, #31, #32, and #5 to focus on structural protection and aggressive fire attack.

Recognizing the magnitude of the threat, MCFR called for mutual aid, promptly answered by Forestry, who dispatched two dozers and a brush truck to the scene. This bolstered effort saw fire crews working diligently to push back the encroaching flames, successfully defending the threatened homes.

The combined efforts of MCFR and Forestry proved effective as the brush fire was declared under control by 1:47 pm. The fire, which consumed an estimated 3-5 acres, was contained without any reported injuries to firefighters or civilians, a testament to the effective and rapid response of all units involved.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. This incident highlights the importance of quick and coordinated action in emergency situations and the vital role of both local fire departments and mutual aid resources in safeguarding communities from natural disasters.



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