Winds Fuel Florida Structure Fire

Ocala firefighters faced several challenges as winds fanned flames from a vacant house toward other structures and propane tanks on Saturday.

Units from Ocala Fire Rescue were dispatched to Northwest 1 Street at 5:28 p.m. They found a one-story structure fully involved. Winds reaching 30 mph helped spread the fire to two adjacent sheds.

Ocala crews deployed several handlines to protect two propane tanks and knock the heavy fire conditions. Embers from the fire were carried to a nearby street and ignited a minor brush fire.

Twenty three firefighters responded with four engines, one tower ladder, one rescue and a squad. Two command vehicles were also dispatched to the scene.

Ocala Fire Rescue officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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