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Leesburg firefighters battle blaze heavily damaging home used in romantic comedy

Leesburg Fire Rescue battled a fire Friday at a home that was used in the romantic comedy, “Away We Go.”

Station 61 was notified of a possible structure fire off Sunnyside Drive. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two-story structure with heavy fire throughout. Multiple Lake County Fire Rescue tankers also responded to scene to assist with rural water supply. Multiple lines were deployed to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were at the scene of he blaze at the home off Sunnyside Drive
Leesburg firefighters battle blaze at home used in romantic comedy.

The movie poster for 22Away We Go22
The movie poster for “Away We Go.”

The house had been used in the 2009 romantic comedy that starred Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, best known for his role in “The Office.” The parents-to-be travel the country looking for the perfect place to raise their child. They end up at a home in the “Florida Panhandle,” but in reality the home used in the movie is the Sunnyside Drive house.

Rudolph was born in Florida and in the movie the Sunnyside Drive house was portrayed as her old family home.

“I’m a Gainesvillian. This location felt like home, like a place I knew,” Rudolph said in an interview at the time of the movie’s release.

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