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Large fire causes midtown building to collapse
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Gainesville Fire works a structure fire at Bradford Street and Industrial Boulevard on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

A large plume of black smoke could be seen from miles away from a fire in midtown Gainesville on Tuesday.

The fire was at what appeared to be a vacant building at Bradford Street and Industrial Boulevard, according to Keith Smith, spokesman with the Gainesville Fire Department.

Nearby businesses were not affected, he said. Firefighters were putting out hot spots late Tuesday. 

Midtown building burns

Fire burns at a building at Bradford Street and Industrial Boulevard in midtown Gainesville.
By: Austin Steele

Smith said the fire marshal was doing an inspection at a nearby building when he spotted the smoke.

“He actually walked into the building and saw moderate smoke, came back out and called for a commercial assignment. By the time we got over here, less than five minutes, the building was fully involved and then began collapsing,” Smith said.

Bystanders said it started at about 2:30 p.m.

Scott Reed, a supervisor with nearby Summit Underground, said the fire looked to have started in the front and then took off from there.

“Once it went, it went. I was just hoping there weren’t any homeless people in there,” he said.

Smith said the fire marshal’s office will return to investigate Wednesday, Dec. 12.

No one was hurt and the cause is still undetermined, Smith said.

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