Multiple condos burn near Oaks Mall Thursday morning

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Twenty-five to 30 people were displaced by the fire.

Both Alachua County Fire Rescue and Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to multiple condo units on fire across from The Oaks Mall Thursday morning.

The fire started at about 5:30 a.m. at 6519 W Newberry Road, according to a GFR news release. The first arriving firefighters reported heavy fire on the upper floor and attic of the three-story building.

Residents alerted their neighbors about the fire, which allowed all residents to evacuate.

GFR Operations Chief Stephen Hesson said firefighters tried to put out the fire inside the building but quickly had to evacuate because of potential building instability.

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Hesson wrote in his release that firefighters were able to get the fire out in about 35 minutes.

One person was treated for minor smoke inhalation and another was transported to the hospital after "suffering a medical emergency," Hesson wrote.

One dog was removed from the fire at the condos and revived using a pet mask to deliver oxygen.

Out of the twelve condo units that caught fire, six are considered a total loss, and 25 to 30 people are displaced because of the fire.

The media release says Red Cross is on scene providing assistance.

Officials are encouraging people to avoid the area.

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This article will be updated.

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