Firefighters find body in Ocala home; dog rescued

OCALA, Fla. - Fire officials say they found a body inside an Ocala home following a fire.

The fire broke out late Tuesday and officials found the body early Wednesday morning.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports officials couldn't initially determine the sex of the victim.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Stoothoff told the newspaper firefighters received the first call shortly before 9 p.m. and that flames were shooting from the roof when they arrived a few minutes later. The fire was under control by 9:20 p.m.

Russell Kirk, who lives across the street, says he saw the fire and ran to the front door, but it was locked. He says his girlfriend called 911 while he checked other doors. The pool door was unlocked and he rescued a dog from a cage.

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