Gainesville Trailer Fire
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
The trailer is abandoned and the fire department says there's no power lines connecting it. One neighbor says he and a friend saw another man leaving the area right about the time the fire started. They are just thankful the fire wasn't given a chance to spread to their homes.
Gloria Pugh was sitting with her husband on her front porch across the street from the Woodcrest Apartments just before noon.
"All of a sudden, there was a whoosh sound," says Pugh. "It was almost like a wind tunnel, and a humongous, pure black puff of smoke."
She thought it was the apartment building and her husband rushed over to make sure everyone got out. Then they realized it was an abandoned trailer that has been used to store furniture that former tenants had left behind. But Woodcrest Resident Lisa Lund didn't know that when she got a phone call at work.
"I came up on 43rd where the fire station is, turn the corner and see a big wall of smoke," says Lund. "I just completely freaked out."
Though firefighters from Station 19 were just a few blocks away, the fire was fully involved when they arrived. They had to cut through a wooden fence to get easy access with their hoses. With a pile of junk and other apartments peeking through the trees, firefighters say it could have been much worse.
"If it would have spread to that, it would have been a much bigger problem than what we had," says Lt. Mike McAlhany.
As it is, they got it knocked out in a few minutes and blanketed the gutted trailer with a thick blanket of foam to keep it from sparking up again. And after living in Woodcrest for four years, Lund is just thankful her blankets and other belongings are all safe... along with her nieghbors.
"I've gotten to know a lot a lot of the people," says Lund. "I've gotten close to a lot of people around here, so i was just glad that no one got hurt."
The State Fire Marshal's Office was on the scene investigating Sunday afternoon. But there's no word yet on the cause of the fire.
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