Fire Destroys Apartment Building
Gainesville, FL -- Some residents are without a home today as an apartment fire left more than a dozen people without a home in one Gainesville community.
The building is completely charred and fire fighters believe lightning is to blame for the blaze that broke out in the Paddock Club apartments this afternoon. Firefighters from nearby Station 16 say the first call was unclear-- and while responding to it, noticed smoke from the apartment fire.
When they arrived at about 5 PM the fire had already started spreading in the 800 building of the complex.
According to James Clifford, the Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief, all residents were evacuated from the building safely.
"We did attempt an evacuation in all 16 apartments, some of them were locked so we couldn't confirm at that time whether everyone was out or not but we believe we got everybody out of the building," said Clifford.
This isn't the first major fire at Paddock Club. TV20 was there in in May 2010 when another building was destroyed in a fire and 16 families were left without a home.
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