Dog, cat die in the fire; 4 more pets rescued from Ocala apartment, officials say


OCALA, Florida. – A dog and a cat died and four other cats were injured in an apartment fire in Ocala on Monday morning, crews said.

According to Ocala Fire Rescue, crews responded to the scene around 9:23 a.m. at NE 14th Street and NE 17th Avenue after hearing reports of smoke in the area.

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Despite rescue efforts, a cat and a dog died in the apartment fire, crews said. (Ocala Fire Rescue)

Firefighters said they saw a two-story apartment building with smoke coming from the roof of a unit in building #1700.

Crews burst through the door of the unit and put out a kitchen fire before completing a search of the apartment, according to firefighters.

Firefighters said they found no one in the building, but found a dog and five cats on the second floor.

The apartment is located at NE 14th Street and NE 17th Avenue, according to firefighters. (Ocala Fire Rescue)

Despite the use of oxygen masks to treat smoke-breathing animals, firefighters said one dog and one of five cats died.

According to firefighters, the apartment was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage and Red Cross assistance was requested.

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