ACFR responds to three Saturday calls

Alachua County Fire Rescue fire engine
Photo by C.J. Gish

Area firefighters responded to three separate residential calls in Alachua County on Saturday.

According to Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) releases, units from ACFR and the High Springs Fire Department (HSFD) responded at 3:50 p.m. to a reported explosion near Bellamy Road Estates north of High Springs.

Emergency personnel discovered a burn victim who was injured when a gas leak ignited inside the residence. The injured person was transported to a local emergency room as a trauma alert but is expected to make a full recovery.

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At 5:11 p.m., units from ACFR and the Newberry Fire Department (NFD) responded to a residential building fire in Newberry.

Upon arrival, crews found a single-family residence with smoke emerging from the roof eaves. Firefighters contained the blaze to the kitchen and adjacent rooms.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but multiple animals were trapped inside the house that did not survive.

At 11:36 p.m., ACFR, HSFD and the LaCrosse Fire Department (LFD) responded to a residential building fire north of Alachua.

ACFR Engine 21 arrived and found the single-story home with heavy smoke coming from every side of the roof. Firefighters saw two occupants continue to reenter the home and ACFR personnel removed all occupants from the structure.

Crews were able to identify that the fire originated from the attic area and extinguished the blaze. Firefighters remained on scene for over three hours conducting salvage and overhaul operations.

The fire was contained to the living room and kitchen area and no injuries were reported, but the damage will displace the occupants for an extended period.

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