Firefighters Battle String of Suspicious Fires in Ocala

(OCALA, Fla.) December 19, 2014 – Multiple units from Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a string of suspicious fires that occurred after 11:00 p.m. last night between 17th Street and South Pine Avenue.

At 11:24 p.m. Ocala Engine #3, Rescue #1, and a MCFR unit responded to reports of a vehicle fire at Kingdom Motors Used Car Lot, 1825 South Pine Avenue. Upon arrival firefighters found two vehicles engulfed in flames. While extinguishing the vehicle fires a smoking dumpster less than 200 feet away was spotted. As Engine #3 smothered the dumpster fire, yet another fire was reported. Engine #1 was dispatched to Ipanema Restaurant, 2023 South Pine Avenue, where a second dumpster was found filled with flames.

Cause of the fires is under investigation; the state fire marshal has been contacted. Both vehicles where a total loss. No injuries were sustained.

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