GFR response saves adjacent buildings in weekend fire

Press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue

At approximately 3 a.m. on March 6, a fire was called in from 4401 NW 6th Street, a bar and performance venue called “6th Street North.” Gainesville Police Department arrived on scene and described heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of a nearby automotive repair facility.

Engine 5, Engine 7, Engine 1, Quint 8, Quint 1, Squad 1, Rescue 33, District 2, District 1, and District 2 were on scene and were able to quickly extinguish the fire that had started to extend into the adjacent structure. The fire originated from a vehicle in the back of the structure and that fire extended to tires on the ground, some mechanical equipment, and a 55-gallon drum of oil that was inside the building. Fire crews were able to make entry to the inside of the building, extinguish the oil drum, and stop the spread to interior contents, which included several cars.

The owner arrived on scene and stated that he has had an issue with theft and vandalism so he installed cameras but has yet to review the footage.

The fire is currently under investigation.

  • “Has yet to review the footage”? If that were my business, it would be the first thing I would do. But that’s just me.

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