Gainesville apartment complex catches fire

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Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 5:51 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - One woman is injured after an early morning fire at an apartment complex in Gainesville.

Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a fire at the Picadilly apartments on SW 34th Ave. at 2:35 a.m. and extinguished the flames within ten minutes.

According to GFR Lieutenant Adam Whitehead, fire rescue crews were able to prevent the flames to spreading to other buildings in the complex.

“It did burn through the roof on the second story. GFR made a pretty quick knockdown on it and stopped the rest of the building from being involved,” said Whitehead. “One of the residents did jump to their safety from the second-floor window.”

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Sixteen apartments were affected, and everyone was able to self evacuate. Resident Arnold Blackstone said he woke up to the smell of burning plastic and ran outside to warn others before fire crews arrived.

“I’m glad everyone got out and I’m glad I woke up at the time I did to go to the restroom because I feel like I was some kind of help in getting everyone out,” Blackstone. “I walked around the building and saw the building as engulfed in flames. I immediately went door to door along with another resident and got everyone out on our side of the building.”

One woman was transported to UF Health Shands in stable condition, and two dogs were taken to the UF Animal Hospital and are in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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