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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fire at abandoned house on Northwest 13th Street under investigation

<p>Gainesville Police officers look on as Gainesville Fire Rescue workers enter a building on Northwest 13th Street late Tuesday night.</p>

Gainesville Police officers look on as Gainesville Fire Rescue workers enter a building on Northwest 13th Street late Tuesday night.

A fire at an abandoned house on Northwest 13th Street caused about $10,000 worth of damage late Tuesday night.

There was no one in the two-story house, located at 410 NW 13th St., said Gainesville Police Department Lt. Mike Schibuola.

The cause was still being determined as of Wednesday night.

The old building is valued at about $70,000, according to a Gainesville Fire Rescue release.

It was built around the 1930s and is owned by Paradigm 413 LLC, according to county property records.

The company is registered to Nathan Collier, a Gainesville real estate owner and investor.

Krispy Kreme employees smelled the smoke from down the street and called 911 at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday. Officers were at the scene at 11:42 p.m.

Smoke was coming from the second-story windows of the residence, but officers couldn’t see any flames, Schibuola said.

GFR firefighters walked around the second floor of the building, shining headlights across the room and out the open window.

“This one’s definitely weird because it’s all boarded up,” he said.

He said sometimes these types of fires start when homeless people make small campfires on cold nights. There were no obvious signs of entry.

He said a GFR investigator will decide if the fire was arson.

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Gainesville Police officers look on as Gainesville Fire Rescue workers enter a building on Northwest 13th Street late Tuesday night.

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