Fire causes $20,000 damage to print shop; airboat used to clear smoke

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

A fire caused considerable damage late Thursday afternoon to a northeast Gainesville print shop, which was cleared of smoke with the help of an airboat, Gainesville Fire Rescue reported.

The blaze broke out about 5:30 p.m. at Double Envelope Corp. at 2500 NE 39th Ave., District Chief Richard Saulsberry reported.

Initial firefighters at the scene found heavy smoke coming through a roll-up door and a scuttle hole in the roof.

The fire response was hampered because of the amount of smoke, which hampered visibility, Saulsberry said in a news release. That made it difficult to find the source of the fire.

Once the fire was located, it was quickly extinguished, Saulsberry said. He added that a sprinkler helped contain it to a small area near a paper shredder processor.

“There was a large amount of water damage from the activated sprinkler head that caused lots of damage to some of the paper products,” Saulsberry said. “It took a considerable amount of time to remove the smoke from the structure due to the large building space. We were very fortunate that Michael Hill from Hill’s Bar-B-Q was willing to loan GFR his airboat to aide us in the process of removing the smoke from the large structure.”

Firefighters used the airboat to force air into the large doorway. Saulsberry said that without the aid of the airboat, the process would have taken several more hours to complete.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was estimated $20,000.

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