WUFT News

Mold Outbreak Closes Alachua County Fire Rescue Station

By on October 9th, 2013

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Station 19 on Southwest 43rd Street and Southwest 20th Avenue has been closed because of a mold outbreak.

No one is allowed inside the building while professionals remove the mold. While this station is closed, the Gainesville Fire Department is assisting the territory Station 19 would normally cover by sending out one of its fire trucks and rescue teams.

The firefighters are staying at the Homewood Suites, eight to 10 blocks from the Alachua County Fire Rescue station, where the fire truck is parked outside of the closed building.

They’re taking these measures in order to prevent time loss from driving from the Gainesville Fire Station on Northeast 13th Street to the areas in which Station 19 would normally cover. The relocation was also put in place so the office employees will have somewhere to continue their computer work while Station 19 is being cleaned out.

“In that area, they’re doing their territory, they’re doing building preplans, and responding to emergency and non-emergency calls,” said fire Chief Ed Bailey of Alachua County Fire Rescue.

Fire personnel are actively working to keep things functioning as if Station 19 was open.

“We are a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation, so when we say we’ve been relocated that just means they’re in their assigned areas instead of their normal homebase of Station 19,” Bailey said.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue station is expected to reopen in two to three days after the mold has been completely removed from the building.

Once the mold is removed, firefighters and associates will move back into the building while it’s being repaired. The repairs will take another two weeks, Bailey said.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Rodrigo Guerrero, 21, watches his older brother, Alfonso Guerrero, 30, brewing coffee using a "pour over" technique. Know Where Coffee specializes in providing artisan coffees that are made to order. Bradley Williams / WUFT

Third-Wave Coffee Culture Popularity Rises In Gainesville

Know Where Coffee opened its doors this month. The new establishment proves the third-wave coffee culture is rising in popularity, especially across local coffee shops in Gainesville.


Luke Watkins, the 28-year-old partner of Black Hog Farms, is working toward creating a weekly farmers market along the St. Johns River in Palatka. The Saturday market will feature local farmers, musicians, artists and food trucks.

Local Businessperson Plans Farmers Market For Palatka

While Palatka’s government hopes to attract visitors to their area with the riverfront development project, a local business owner has his own idea for bringing in more people.


Robert Yard performs a song for a toddler using a Lakota love flute at the Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival in Cedar Key, Florida. Yard held impromptu music lessons throughout the day for patrons that were curious about playing an instrument. (Photo by Sydnei Cartwright)

Patrons and Artists Pack Cedar Key for 51st Annual Fine Arts Festival

Cedar Key held its 51st annual Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival this past Saturday and Sunday, and experienced a large turnout from supporting counties and out-of-state visitors. The Festival showcased a number of different arts including jewelry, photography, wood making, and mixed media.


A group of 'dirty kids' fly a sign on the corner of SE 1st St and SE 2nd Pl while one patches up a jacket and another plays guitar on Jan. 23, 2015 in Gainesville​. Photo by Andrea Sarcos/WUFT News

‘Home-Free’ Squatters Find Community In Gainesville

An abandoned house in Gainesville became a home for a group of individuals that call themselves “dirty kids.” The dirty kids feel that they are different from homeless people.


IMG_8377

Chicken House Fire Kills 24,000 Chicks

Chickens die in a chicken house fire at Saavedra Farms on Wednesday night.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments