House Fire in Gainesville

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 3:04 pm    

A Gainesville home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

According to officials with the Gainesville Fire Department, firefighters responded to a “five-alarm” structure fire at 811 S. Wine St. shortly before 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Officials say the blaze spread embers to nearby yards and radiated enough heat to singe another residence. The houses were unoccupied and no residents were injured.

Gainesville Fire Department Assistant Chief Wally Cox said firefighters were on the scene until nearly 3:30 p.m. The day’s heat and lack of moisture escalated the status of the incident to “five-alarm.” Gainesville, Lindsay, and Oak Ridge fire departments responded to the call.

“We had to fight the grass fires to the north, and the structure fire to the south, to keep it from spreading any further,” Cox said. “With this kind of heat you have to rotate [the crews] out every 20 minutes or so. It makes it hard on everybody because after the guys put on all their equipment, all their gear, they have no way to escape. We have to rotate them out every 15 to 20 minutes because if you let them get overheated it’s too hard for them to recover.”

Cox added the department’s drinking water supply ran low on the scene rather quickly. Neighboring residents, upon seeing this, supplied the crews with additional water.

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