Firefighters: Gainesville house fire started by child playing with lighter

Photo courtesy Gainesville Fire-Rescue.

Gainesville Fire-Rescue says a fire Thursday afternoon was caused by a child playing with a lighter.

Firefighters responded to 1837 NE 16th Ave. around 3:30 p.m. They say the had the fire under control within five minutes of arriving as firefighters cleared the building. No one was injured.

Investigators determined it was caused by a child playing with a lighter. Fire officials say the child has been referred to the Juvenile Fire Setters Program. The Red Cross helped residents who were displaced by the fire.


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