MARION CO., FL – On Friday night, around 6:09 pm, Marion County Fire Rescue were dispatched to reports of a commercial structure fire at the Vin Mar Hotel in the 5000 block of Abshier Blvd, Belleview. The 911 caller reported that one of the room was on fire, it was unknown if any of the other rooms were occupied, and bystanders were trying to put the fire out.
At 6:14 pm, Rescue 530 and Heavy Rescue 1 arrived on the scene to find heavy flames in Rooms #1 and #2 with smoke billowing out of the entire building. Heavy 1 Lieutenant established command and directed a primary search. Firefighters forced entry into all rooms and found an adult female who was confined to her bed. Quickly extricating her from the room, she was packaged in rescue and transported to a local hospital for treatment of suspected smoke inhalation. Firefighters were able to save 2 dogs from within the structure.
While en-route to the scene, Division #1 struck a second alarm, ensuring adequate manpower to battle the blaze. Belleview Engine Company #18, Spruce Creek Truck Company #1, Villages Engine Company #10, Rolling Greens Engine Company #28, and Heavy Rescue #2 arrived on the scene, aggressively attacking the fire with multiple hose lines.
With precise tactics, crews were able to stop the blaze from spreading into adjoining rooms. The fire was called under control at 6:40 pm. The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation by the MCFR Fire Marshal.
Fire Chief James Banta states, “I could be no prouder of the men and women of Marion County Fire Rescue this evening. Our firefighters did exactly what our citizens expect in carrying out our mission of saving lives and protecting property. Relying on their training and muscle memory, Heavy 1 crews were able to complete a grab and administer immediate emergency care while en route to the hospital.”