Fire destroys Orange Heights home

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Fire destroyed an Orange Heights home in eastern Alachua County overnight, firefighters reported.

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A firefighter attempts to douse flames that destroyed an Orange Heights home late Thursday. No one was injured in the blaze and firefighters were able to save the residents' dog from the backyard according to Alachua County Fire Rescue.

Photo provided by Megan Crandall/Alachua County Fi

A blaze started at a one-story house at 7708 Railroad Drive and was reported at about 11 p.m. Thursday, said Alachua County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Megan Crandall.

No one was injured in the fire, Crandall said. The residents of the house were not there at the time.

Firefighters were able to save the residents' dog from the backyard.

The cause of the blaze was not known. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal's Office has been called to try to determine where and how the fire started, Crandall said.

"The homeowners aren't sure what caused it," she said.

But firefighters do not believe the cause of the fire was suspicious, according to Crandall.

Firefighters from Alachua County, Melrose and Waldo responded to the fire.

The blaze was the second house fire in two days in the county. Flames destroyed a two-story, wood-frame home at 16120 W. County Road 1491 late Wednesday. The cause of that fire was not immediately available.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or

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