Marion County firefighters were called to battle a blaze at a Summerfield mobile home on Friday afternoon that claimed the lives of two family pets.
When units from Marion County Fire Rescue arrived on scene in the 14000 block of SE 187th Terrace at 2:46 p.m., the mobile home was about 50 percent involved in flames. A 911 caller had earlier reported seeing heavy smoke, hearing popping noises and then seeing flames, which were slowly catching nearby trees on fire as well.
Firefighters from Ladder 30 were the first to arrive on scene and they quickly made an offensive interior attack of the fire. Three additional engine companies from Belleview Station 18, Villages Station 10 and Silver Springs Shores Station 17 arrived to assist in the offensive attack and completed the primary and secondary search of the structure. Command staff also advised all incoming units of active power lines down and a propane tank exposure on the rear of the structure, a report says.
The fire was under control at 2:51 p.m. The residents were not home at the time of the blaze and a dog and bird perished inside the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Marion County Fire Rescue fire marshal.