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Firefighters extinguish early morning blaze at Oaks Condos in Gainesville

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Oaks Condos in Gainesville early Thursday. Courtesy: Alachua Fire-Rescue

Firefighters this morning extinguished a blaze that damaged multiple units at the Oaks Condos in Gainesville.

Gainesville and Alachua County fire-rescue responded to 6519 W. Newberry Road at 5:30 a.m. and found multiple units on fire. The first firefighters on scene reported heavy fire on the upper floor and attic of the three-story building, GFR Operations Chief Stephen Hesson said.

Hesson said firefighters tried to put out the fire from the inside but were forced out by the growing instability of the structure. He said more than 30 firefighters were able to bring it under control in about 35 minutes and confine it to one building.

Hesson said they were able to save six of the 12 units in the building. No injuries have been reported but one dog was removed from the area and revived with a pet oxygen mask.

The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the more than two dozen people forced out of their homes.

Firefighters say they're still investigating the cause of the fire.

This is a developing story. CBS4 Gainesville will update as more details become available.


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