GFR: fire at home on NE 16th drive leaves family displaced

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 9:17 AM EDT
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One family in Gainesville is lucky to be alive after a fire broke out in the utility room of their home around 3 this morning.

A utility room attached to the home caught fire and the fire quickly spread to the attack.The families smoke detector woke them up, giving them time to call 9-1-1 and get out of the home before it was too late.

GFR crews arrived within five minutes and had the fire put out before the ten minute mark.

The red cross has stepped in to help the family of 3 and their dog find a place to sleep for the next few days. Gainesville Fire Rescue wants the take away from this scenario to be sure you have up-to-standard smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Assistant Chief Joseph Hillhouse says, "As this call shows, working detectors save lives. So GFR would like to remind everybody to make sure that you have working smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in your home."

The family of three escaped with their dog and all are safe and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.