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One dead after house fire in Marion County, firefighter rushed to hospital

Fire captain came in contact with a live power line

One person is dead after a house fire in Citra.
One person is dead after a house fire in Citra. (MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE)

CITRA, Fla. – A firefighter was injured while on the scene of a house fire that killed a 60-year-old man, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

The fire department said the 1,2000-square-foot home on North Magnolia Avenue in Citra was 100 percent involved in flames around 11 a.m. Monday.

Investigators said a resident of the home told crews someone was trapped in the house.

Posted by Marion County Fire Rescue on Monday, January 13, 2020

Crews said while firefighters were completing the inspection of the fire, a fire captain came in contact with a live power line and was knocked the ground.

The captain was rushed to a local hospital in stable condition, according to the fire rescue.

The fire rescue said after several other fire departments responded to the scene and they were able to make entry into the home.

Posted by Marion County Fire Rescue on Monday, January 13, 2020

Investigators said the victim in the home, 60-year-old Richard William Hale, was declared dead at 11:34 a.m.

The fire was under control around 11:34 a.m., according to investigators.

The fire captain in the hospital is expected to be released later Monday night.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

This is a developing story. We will update this story as more information becomes available.


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