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Heroic Rescue Effort Saves Pets in Summerfield Blaze

(Photos: MCFR)

On February 2, 2024, at 1:41 pm, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) units swiftly responded to a distress call in the vicinity of SE 146th St Rd & SE 147th St, Summerfield, concerning a mobile home engulfed in flames. Multiple 911 calls detailed a dire situation with visible smoke and flames.

The initial responder, Engine #10 from The Villages, reached the scene promptly, confirming a fully engulfed single-wide mobile home. Taking command, Battalion Chief #2 orchestrated the coordinated response, with support from Battalion Chief #1, Engine #18, #30, and #27, Rescue #530 and #518, as well as Tanker #16, #27, and #30, all joining forces in the fire attack.

During the operation, Rescue #530 conducted a thorough primary search, successfully rescuing two dogs and six cats from the engulfed structure. Firefighters valiantly worked to revive the animals, tragically losing one dog and two cats in the process.

The blaze was brought under control at 2:00 pm, with the fortunate absence of residents during the incident. The Red Cross was called upon to aid the affected residents. The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation, with no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters at the scene. The courageous efforts of MCFR in saving the lives of pets amidst the intense blaze highlight the dedication and bravery of our local firefighting heroes.

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