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Monday January 18th, 2021 3:27PM

Gainesville Fire units respond to second fire at Versailles Apartments in 24 hours

By AccessWDUN Staff

For the second time in 24 hours, units with the Gainesville Fire Department responded to a fire at the Versailles Apartments on Park Hill Drive.

The new fire was in building D of the apartment complex, the same building that caught fire Monday afternoon.

According to Gainesville Fire Division Chief Keith Smith, a call came in just before noon. "Upon arrival, at both fires, there were heavy flames and smoke showing from the 'D' building," says Smith.

Today's fire involved the attic space, which runs the entire length of the building. Smith says that due to the wind and heavy fire involvement in the attic of the building, along with multiple roofs on the building, the fire was difficult to locate and extinguish. Crews worked for several hours to extinguish the fire. 

18 people from the complex were displaced in Monday afternoon's fire; an additional 13 people were displaced in today's incident. The "D" building is now unlivable and all occupants have found other temporary housing. 

Both fires are under investigation and a cause has not yet been determined for either one. It is unclear if today's fire was related to the one yesterday. 

No injuries were reported at either fire. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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