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Second-Floor Kitchen Fire Displaces Apartment Residents

(Photos: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Residents of a first-floor unit at Tuscany Place Apartments faced displacement after an active sprinkler head in the unit above malfunctioned, causing water to seep through the floor. The incident was triggered by a kitchen fire in the vacant second-floor unit.

Around 8:52 a.m., Ocala Fire Rescue swiftly responded to reports of smoke emanating from a second-floor apartment at 3240 SW 34th St. Engaging a robust team, including Engines 1, 4, 6, Tower 1, Rescue 4, Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22, and a Safety Officer, they arrived to find smoke enveloping the second-floor unit.

Firefighters entered the smoke-filled apartment to discover an active sprinkler head and flames on the stove. Engine 4 took immediate action to extinguish the fire, while Engine 6 established a water supply. Simultaneously, Rescue 4 conducted a search to ensure the unit was vacant. Engine 1 focused on ventilating the building, and Tower 1 diligently searched for any potential fire extension.

At present, the cause of the fire remains unknown. Thankfully, no injuries were reported during the incident.

Collaborative efforts from the Fire Prevention Division, Ocala Police Department, and Marion County were crucial in managing the aftermath of the incident and ensuring the safety of all residents involved. Investigations into the origin of the fire are ongoing.

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