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Authorities say apartment fire intentionally set

Incident cause little damage in vacant unit

POSTED: May 24, 2013 11:27 p.m.

An early afternoon fire at Versailles Apartments appears to have been set intentionally, fire officials said.

The incident, which took place around 1 p.m. this afternoon at the complex off Park Hill Drive, was quickly extinguished, according to authorities. No occupants were injured.

"They were able to knock it out pretty fast," said Capt. Keith Smith, public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department.

The fire was located in a vacant apartment unit, though there were signs that people had been living there, Smith said. Utilities were not turned on to that unit.

Damage was mostly limited to that one apartment, though there was mild smoke damage in the adjacent apartments, Smith said. No other occupants in the D building were harmed or displaced.

The Gainesville Police Department is asking that anyone with information about the fire, or who may have seen someone near the apartment complex’s D building at 1 p.m., notify them at 770-534-3612, or the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-282-5804.

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