Second fire in seven hours destroys home


Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 6:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 6:22 p.m.

A home, saved from fire by smoke detectors Monday morning, was destroyed by flames later in the day, launching an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Fire burned through a two-story woodframe home in the 13330 block of S. U.S. 441, Alachua County Fire Rescue reported.

The blaze is considered suspicious, said ACFR spokeswoman Megan Crandall. Firefighters were contacting the State Fire Marshal's Office Monday afternoon to investigate the fire.

The home had been advertised for rent over the weekend, the home's owner Lawrence Rambo told firefighters, Crandall said.

Neighbors heard smoke detectors going off at the home at about 10 a.m., Crandall said. Firefighters arrived and found smoke and flames at the building but were able to douse the blaze and prevent the fire from destroying the house.

But, at about 4:50 p.m., they were again called to the residence. Due to extent of the fire, firefighters were not able to save the home.

No one was injured. The home was not currently occupied, according to firefighters.

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