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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

The cause of a fire at The Laurels apartment complex that destroyed five apartments and sent one woman to the hospital with minor injuries on Sunday night is still unknown.

After Monday's investigation of the complex's building AA, a fire inspector was able to determine that the fire started in apartment AA142.

The apartment belonged to the woman who was hospitalized, said Alachua County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Carol Davis.

A 911 call at 7:29 p.m. reported a dead body in a Dumpster near the back of the complex, Davis said.

When police responded they found no body but saw building AA engulfed in flames.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department and the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department were called to The Laurels, 4455 SW 34th St., at 7:43 p.m. and had the fire contained about an hour and a half after arrival.

The fire rescuers were only able to save belongings in one of the apartments, Davis said.

As of Monday night, no foul play was suspected, but due to the nature of the emergency call further investigation is probable, Davis said.

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