Three transported to hospital following apartment fire

Press release from Gainesville Fire Rescue

At approximately 12:56 p.m. today, Gainesville Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to a fire in a two-story residential apartment complex, 307 SW 16th Ave (Arbor Park Apartments). Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions coming from an occupied apartment.    

The first arriving unit arrived on scene three minutes after being dispatched. Less than six minutes from being dispatched, an adult occupant was rescued from the apartment by Gainesville Fire Rescue’s first arriving truck company. The patient was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

Twenty –one Gainesville Fire Rescue Fire Fighters, along with two rescue crews from ACFR, responded to the scene and were able to gain control and ultimately extinguish the fire. The residents will be temporarily displaced due to smoke and fire damage. This fire is currently under investigation to determine the origin and cause.  

Two other residents were transported due to exposure to smoke on scene. Gainesville Fire Rescue encourages all Gainesville neighbors to check that they have working smoke detectors in their home.   According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the risk of fatality in a reported home structure fire decreases by 55% when there is a working smoke detector.