Cause of Gainesville Apartment Fire Still Unknown
The day after an evening fire destroyed a Gainesville apartment building, investigators are trying to figure out what caused it.
The fire at The Laurels apartment complex ripped through six units, leaving all the residents homeless. Just before 7:45 last night, Gainesville Police received a call about a body in a Dumpster. There was no body, but there was a fire. Nearly a dozen units battled the blaze for hours.
Monday, a fire investigator raked through the charred rubble searching for what may have started the blaze. Nearby neighbors stopped by throughout the day taking pictures or just taking a look at the scene of the fire. Some residents who were displaced, those who lived in those six units, returned to see if they could salvage any of their belongings.
"Might not have been something you did, but you're always running the risk living in an apartment," said Casey Schmelz from the North Central Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Your next-door neighbor might do something or a person above."
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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