Fire breaks out at Marion County Public Schools building in Ocala

Black smoke billowed from building

Marion County Public Schools building fire (Ocala Fire Rescue)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A fire broke out in a Marion County Public Schools building on Saturday, causing black smoke to billow out, according to Ocala Fire Rescue.

Fire rescue said the building at 1101 SW 7th Road belongs to the Technical Services Department of the district. Firefighters arrived just before 8 p.m. after receiving multiple calls about the fire.

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Ocala Fire Rescue said while firefighters were arriving, there was a “column of black smoke” as they made their way to the building.

Officials said the source of the fire was in the back of the multi-use building.

A spokesperson with Marion County Public Schools said there were no employees in the building when the fire broke out and there were no injuries reported. The district said 16 employees work in the building and they will be relocated while the building is repaired.

Information on the extent of the damage has not been released.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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