Over the weekend, crews from the Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a commercial building fire at the 400 block of NE 23rd Ave (DJ Coin Laundry). After arriving on the scene, GFR Station 1 reported smoke coming from the front of the building. GFR District Chief Cary Williams established incident command of the scene. GFR unit engine 5 quickly extinguished the fire that was confined to a single dryer unit, while GFR ladder truck 1 commenced a search of the building looking for occupants.
Thankfully, no occupants were inside the building when the fire started, and no firefighters were injured.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Gainesville Fire Rescue was founded in 1882 and is the primary provider of fire and emergency medical services for the approximately 63 square miles of Gainesville, Florida. GFR has 166 sworn firefighters and 8 support personnel. GFR operates out of nine fire stations that are strategically placed throughout the city to enable response within 5 minutes. GFR holds an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of 2 and is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). GFR’s mission is the “Protect and serve through community involvement, education, prevention and rapid intervention by professionals committed to excellence.”