Woman, 69, injured in house fire

Woman, 69, injured in house fire

  Ocklawha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was transported to a hospital Thursday after she was injured in a mobile home fire. At approximately 7:13 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units responded to a residential fire, located at 7550 Southeast 183rd Avenue Road, Ocklawaha. Engine 4, Rescue 4, and District Captain 2 arrived on scene […]

Firefighters kept fire from spreading through house

Firefighters kept fire from spreading through house

Ocala, Florida — On December 18, Marion County Fire Rescue crews from several south west county stations responded to 8156 Southwest 100th Street Road, Ocala, in reference to a residential fire. According to officials, EMS 100 arrived on scene, took command, and quickly evaluated the perimeter of the home. MCFR Public Information Officer James P. […]

Silver Springs woman dies in fire

Silver Springs woman dies in fire

Silver Springs — A silver Springs woman along with her cat and dog, died Thursday morning when her house caught on fire. At approximately 2:25 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue crews responded to a house fire, located at 2315 Southeast 175th Terrace Road, Silver Springs. Article continued below According to MCFR, 11 units — a total of 24 […]

Car burst into flames on Baseline and Maricamp

Car burst into flames on Baseline and Maricamp

[Video submitted by Carin Geiman — additional video below]  Article continued below Ocala, Florida — On September 21, 2015, Marion County Fire Rescue Station 33 responded to a vehicle fire on Baseline Road and Southeast Maricamp Road. According to MCFR, when units arrived, crew members found that a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. MCFR said […]

Firefighters prevent Days Inn from burning to the ground

Firefighters prevent Days Inn from burning to the ground

[Video courtesy of Days Inn Management] Ocala, Florida — No injuries were reported in a blaze that completely destroyed a room at a Days Inn Motel on Friday. At approximately 6 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the Days Inn, located at 5751 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. Article continued below According to reports,  crews […]

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Ocala, Florida — A report recently issued by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), claimed that Marion County is among the top Florida counties when it comes to funding fire rescue and emergency medical services. The findings were released on June 3 as an alleged compilation of fire control and EMS expenditures and rankings for […]

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

[Last updated on May 5, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — This coming Tuesday, May 5, Marion County commissioners will vote to approve a complete re-organization of county management, which includes appointing a fire chief without an application process or a review of qualifications. County Administrator Bill Kauffman proposed the re-organization. This re-organization is […]

Firefighters saved 5 dogs from fire

Firefighters saved 5 dogs from fire

Ocklawaha, Florida — Friday, Firefighter Paramedics responded to a structure fire, located at 12361 Southeast 135th Court, Ocklawaha, and were able to save the family’s pets. Five dogs were pulled from the flames: Bingo, Shadow, Bear, Bo, and Buddy. All of the pets are recovering and doing well. According to reports, firefighters were on scene […]

No one injured in Friday morning fire

No one injured in Friday morning fire

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 11:06 a.m., Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a fire, located at 43 Southwest 21st Avenue, Ocala. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. Arching from electrical wires was both audible and visual as firefighters attempted to extinguish the fire. Officials said no one was injured […]

9-year-old died in Hog Valley fire

9-year-old died in Hog Valley fire

Hog Valley, Florida – Marion County Fire Rescue said when they arrived at a home located at 14675 NE 206th Lane, Hog Valley, it was fully engulfed in flames. Hog Valley is a small community located in the Ocala National Forest. According to reports, the boy’s father, James Atkinson Sr., was able to get his […]

Mother allowed to burn down house of daughter’s killer

Mother allowed to burn down house of daughter’s killer

Orange Park, Florida — In 2009, 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared without a trace while walking home from school with her brother, older sister, and several other students. Two days after she vanished law enforcement found her body at a landfill in Georgia. Authorities searched for her killer for months before discovering Jarred Harrell, 29, had […]

Busy weekend for Marion County Fire Rescue

Busy weekend for Marion County Fire Rescue

Marion County, Florida – In less than 24 hours, Marion County Fire Rescue crews responded to three unrelated home fires. The first occurred Friday afternoon in Ocklawaha. At 5:30 p.m., dispatchers at the Marion County Public Safety Communications Center received a call from the homeowner at 10451 SE 132nd Place reporting a grease fire. Firefighters […]

FBI: Extreme case of witness intimidation

FBI: Extreme case of witness intimidation

Philadelphia — As far as witness intimidation goes, Philadelphia drug trafficker Kaboni Savage and members of his criminal enterprise appeared to corner the market on how far they would go to silence anyone willing to testify against the organization. The most horrifying example of this was the brutal firebombing that resulted in the deaths of […]

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

Ocala, Florida — Since the transfer of 911 dispatch services from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to the county commissioners control that took place in 2012, many local residents have voiced their opinions that MCSO losing control of the service was a detriment to the community. Recently, Misty Lloyd, a tax paying citizen of Marion […]

Officials: Many fireworks are illegal in Florida

Officials: Many fireworks are illegal in Florida

Florida — There will be dozens of firework shows across Florida to ring in the New Year, and many residents will choose to light up the sky with their own fireworks display. Officials want to remind residents that many types of fireworks are illegal in the State of Florida. According to state statutes, Florida law […]