Posted: Friday, February 7th 2014 at 3:53pm
Child, lighter start fire in Gainesville apartment closet
GAINESVILLE - An apartment fire on Park Hill Drive Friday morning started in a closet where a young child was playing with a lighter, according to Gainesville Fire Inspectors.
Firefighters responded to the Norwood Apartments around 10:30 a.m. and spotted smoke coming from a rear window of Apartment 1-E.
The blaze was extinguished quickly and damages were limited to one room of the unit.
Gainesville Fire Marshal Chad Payne determined that the fire started when a juvenile was playing with a lighter in a closet.
"It would appear he was playing with the lighter in the bedroom closet and set some clothes on fire," Captain Keith Smith said.
The child was at home with his mother; both escaped the unit without injury. Damage estimates were placed at $10,000.
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