Quick action prevents possible fire disaster


Toccara S. Carter, left, spoke with Gainesville Fire Rescue Lt. Keith Saunders Tuesday evening about what she did to extinguish a fire in a neighbor's apartment. COURTESY - Gainesville Fire Rescue

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:37 a.m.

A quick-thinking and quick-acting 27-year-old woman is being credited with stopping what could have been a fire disaster Tuesday evening.

Gainesville Fire Rescue officials said Toccara S. Carter, a resident of the apartment building at 111 SE Eighth St., heard someone yell that another apartment in the building was on fire at about 7:30 p.m.

In a news release, fire officials said Carter “bravely enter(ed) the apartment to extinguish the fire” by using her own fire extinguisher.

The first firefighters on the scene said a couch and chair had been burned and that there was smoke damage throughout the apartment.

“This quick-thinking neighbor prevented a fire from growing in size and doing more damage or harming the other residents,” said Lt. Keith Saunders.

“Fire extinguishers are useful on small incipient fires,” Saunders said. “We want to remind our citizens to have and to know where their extinguisher is and most importantly know when and how to use them safely.”

Officials said the fire was suspicious and that the 64-year-old resident of the apartment where the fire broke out was being questioned.

More information about using fire extinguishers can be found at GFR.org.

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