Press release from Alachua County Fire Rescue
At 1:23 p.m. this afternoon, a passerby alerted crews at the LaCrosse Fire Department that a house was on fire across the street from their fire station. Engine 22 and Tanker 22 from the LaCrosse Fire Department arrived on scene to find smoke and flames through the roof of a single-story residence. Three engines, two rescue units, a heavy rescue unit, and a tanker responded from Alachua County Fire-Rescue, and a Tanker from the City of Newberry Fire Department responded as well.
Due to no municipal water supply, water had to be delivered to the scene using a tanker shuttle. After approximately 90 minutes, crews were able to get the fire under control, but the residence was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Alachua County Fire-Rescue would like to remind everyone to check the batteries in your smoke detector regularly and ensure there are working smoke detectors in your residence.