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Miracle in Summerfield: Elderly Woman Pulled from Burning Home

(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In the early hours of March 24, 2024, the Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) sprang into action following reports of a devastating residential fire in the 9900 block of SE 169th Lane, Summerfield. Multiple frantic 911 calls alerted authorities to the dire situation, indicating that the home was engulfed in flames and an elderly woman was feared trapped inside.

Responding swiftly to the emergency, MCFR Engine #30 and Rescue #530 raced to the scene, arriving at 3:30 am to a scene of chaos. With the home already 65% consumed by fire, Rescue 530 immediately initiated a search and rescue operation to locate the trapped resident. Meanwhile, Engine #30 initiated an aggressive interior attack, deploying a hose line to combat the raging flames.

Amidst the intense heat and thick smoke, the heroic efforts of Engine 30’s crew paid off as they located the elderly woman inside the burning structure. Working quickly and efficiently, they extricated her from the perilous environment and swiftly rendered medical aid. Designated as a “Trauma Alert,” the victim was promptly transported to a nearby trauma hospital for urgent medical attention.

As additional MCFR units descended upon the scene, firefighters battled tirelessly to bring the inferno under control. Utilizing a combination of interior attacks and vertical ventilation techniques, they worked tirelessly to quell the blaze, finally achieving success at 4:24 am.

While the flames may have been subdued, the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is ongoing, spearheaded by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries among the brave firefighters who valiantly battled the blaze.

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