Ocala firefighters extinguish apartment complex fire
An apartment fire in Ocala Thursday morning damaged several apartments and forced tenants to evacuate their homes.
Flames were seen from the roof of Paddock Park Apartments, located at 2901 SW 41st St. Smoke could be seen from several miles away, according to a press release from the Ocala Fire Rescue.
Twenty-eight firefighters reported at 11:02 a.m. to the fire at building 2000, Ocala Fire Rescue said.
The affected building has 16 apartments; all tenants were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
“Fire and smoke damage was contained to just four of those apartments, and firefighters remained on scene for more than five hours,” Battalion Chief Wally Brinkman said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Christina DeVarona edited this story online.
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