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Dumpster fire in Gainesville causes $10,000 in damage to businesses

Gainesville Police officers estimated more than $10,000 in damage to two businesses after a dumpster fire Thursday, Aug. 12, on Oak Street.

Police took a report at Lester Automotive and the Red Shoe House on Oak Street. Cpl. Jessica Van said it was a dumpster fire that spread.

Gainesville Fire Marshal Chad Payne said Tuesday, April 17, that investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, though there were no suspects/persons of interest identified.

A representative from Lester Automotive said the fire only caused damage to the dumpster.

Eddie Tatum, owner of the Red Shoe House, said it didn’t cause any interior damage other than smell but “melted the stucco on the outside of the building and scorched the wood under it.”

Because he does not own the building, Tatum was unable to provide a damage estimate.

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