Blazes at two homes in Alachua County Sunday


Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:45 p.m.

Two fires broke out at homes in southwestern Alachua County on Sunday, destroying one residence and damaging a second, firefighters reported.

There were no reports of injuries in either blaze, one in the 17000 block of SW 129th Place and the other at 14900 block of SW State Road 45.

A woman and two small children lost their home in the first fire on SW 129th Place, which was reported just before 6 a.m. The residents at the home reported the fire, which destroyed the single-story, wood frame home, said Carol Davis, public information officer for Alachua County and Gainesville fire services.

A neighbor contacted authorities about the second blaze at a mobile home on SR 45, which was reported just after 1 p.m. When Alachua County Department of Public Safety personnel arrived they found about a quarter of the home on fire. The blaze caused an estimated $50,000 damage.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents in both fires.

Ian Dyar, the Red Cross emergency services director, described the neighbor who alerted firefighters about the fire as a hero. Dyar said the residents were away when the neighbor spotted the fire. He was just outside taking care of some yard work when he said he saw the flames through the woods, he said.

The State Fire Marshals Office was investigating the cause of the both fires Monday.

Dyar said anyone who wanted to assist any of the residents could contact the local United Way office.

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