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GFR responds to residential multiplex fire

Press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue

On December 16, 2020 at approximately 5:13 p.m., crews from Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) stations 1, 3, and 5 all responded to a report of a residential structure fire at 906 NW 10th St.

The first arriving crews reported heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home. A total of 28 firefighters responded to the scene to assist in extinguishing and investigating the fire. Arriving crews conducted an interior offensive fire attack to combat the fire, which was located primarily in the kitchen and attic space above. The fire attack was hampered by the building layout (a residential multiplex) and construction type, which allowed the fire to spread to void spaces that were difficult for crews to access. Arriving engines attacked the fire from inside the structure, while tower crews created a vent opening in the roof to expel the super-heated gases and smoke.

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All occupants were able to exit the home without injury. No injuries were sustained by the crews on scene. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Working smoke alarms are integral to provide occupants early warning to the presence of fire and deadly smoke. GFR recommends that you be vigilant and check your smoke detector batteries twice a year when the time changes.