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Firefighters extinguish fire at senior citizen high rise in Riverside

5:34 PM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters were able to subdue a small fire that broke out at a senior center apartment complex on Oak Street in Riverside Sunday afternoon.

Residents were evacuated from the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments when the blaze broke out, according to Batallion Chief Brady Rigdon with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. The fire started on the 16th floor and the sprinklers in the building went off.

No injuries were reported by the fire department.

The apartment complex suffered significant smoke damage on the 16th floor along with water damage on 11 different floors caused by the sprinkler system, Rigdon said. Twenty-five units considered uninhabitable and residents are not being allowed back inside of the building at this time.

A 911 caller stated that an electrical strip in an apartment caused the fire, but investigators still haven't identified what specifically ignited the blaze. 

The Red Cross is working with the apartment management to help those displaced by the high rise fire.

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