Seven people were displaced after an early morning fire destroyed their home Monday.
According to a press release, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to the residential fire in the 1100 block of Northeast Ninth Ave., at 7:31 a.m.
When units arrived, the single-level duplex was already 30 percent engulfed in flames.
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Firefighters were informed that no one was inside and immediately began extinguishing the fire.
OFR said they had the fire under control by 7:35 a.m.
The American Red Cross was contacted and is helping the families.
OFR Engines 1, 3, and 5, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer responded to the call.
The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.