Broad Street fire damages 6 apartments, dental business

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On Friday afternon an Augusta firefighter shoots water down into a building that caught fire earlier in the day.
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 7:30 AM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 2:19 AM
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Six apartments and a dental business were damaged Friday morning after a fire started in a third-floor apartment in a building at 12th and Broad streets.

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Firefighters responded Friday morning to a fire at 12th and Broad streets that damaged a dental business and six apartments.  BILL KIRBY/STAFF
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Firefighters responded Friday morning to a fire at 12th and Broad streets that damaged a dental business and six apartments.

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Nearly eight hours after the fire was reported, firefighters remained on the scene dumping water onto the structure.

When firefighters responded to the flames about 4:30 a.m., they said, they discovered one man trying to escape from a third-floor window. Officials said he was rescued unharmed.

Michael Osbon, the president of the Julian W. Osbon Partnership, which owns the building, said it does not appear that any other tenants were in the building at the time.

“We’re just grateful that no one was hurt physically,” he said.

Osbon said the partnership is also grateful to the fire department, which was able to respond in less than five minutes and worked tirelessly to put out the fire.

The building was occupied by Downtown Dental on the bottom level, and six apartments were rented on the upper two levels.

Disaster action team members from the American Red Cross are meeting with the affected families to identify needs and provide service.

Osbon said he is especially concerned that Downtown Dental could lose customers as a result of the fire.

“We’re very concerned that some of her patients will seek services from another dentist and that this could damage her business,” he said. “We hope that those people who need service will remain loyal to Downtown Dental.”

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/03/14 - 10:47 am
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lots of history in some them

lots of history in some them buildings. I thought this one was unused currently. Details forthcoming please.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/14 - 11:00 am
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Charcoal

Isn't the bar-be-que grill place down there? They have a lot of bags of charcoal in the storage area of the store.

triscuit
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triscuit 01/03/14 - 11:05 am
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Downtown Dental was on first

Downtown Dental was on first floor. Apts. above. Grill store is not next to it. Tatoo place is next too.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/14 - 11:21 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/14 - 11:25 am
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Maybe it is "business" tax time related? You think? Let's see
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who the owners are at the tax website.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/14 - 11:26 am
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Julian owns half of the CBD thru several LLC's. Hmmmmm?
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Julian owns half of the CBD thru several LLC's. Hmmmmm?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/03/14 - 11:40 am
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Will this interfere with 1st Friday? I mean Gay CBD Friday.
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Will this interfere with 1st Friday? I mean Gay CBD Friday.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/03/14 - 01:31 pm
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IT is a whonder that nobody

IT is a whonder that nobody got hurt.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/03/14 - 03:41 pm
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Six apartments rented and

Six apartments rented and only one person home at 4:30 am? Crazy!

David Parker
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David Parker 01/03/14 - 04:27 pm
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I heard that dentist has a

I heard that dentist has a line out the door most mornings. Early too. Shame this happened.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/03/14 - 04:50 pm
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All of those old buildings

All of those old buildings are firetraps, there's no way that I'd ever live in one.

blues550
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blues550 01/03/14 - 05:05 pm
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AFD
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Kudos to the boys at the fire department!

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 01/03/14 - 05:08 pm
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The entire building is

The entire building is trashed, and will need to be gutted. The fire department dumped so much water on the site it was unbelievable. They filled the basement. Completely. Blew holes through the roof and all 3rd floor windows and were still dumping enormous amounts of water on the site 3 hours later. Note: I am not blaming the fire dept., it is just that as an onlooker it was amazing to see the water continue and continue to flow.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/03/14 - 05:33 pm
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Maybe the FD was concerned

Maybe the FD was concerned with the fire spreading to another historic buildings...filled with wooden floors.....1916.

firemedic10
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firemedic10 01/03/14 - 05:37 pm
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fire protection

this building must not have an automatic sprinkler system in it. seems like a lot of damage to the building

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/03/14 - 08:14 pm
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My heartfelt
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condolences to those affected by the fire. My wife and I lost everything ( including a dog and cat ) to a fire 6 1/2 years ago. It's something you never forget . If you have the opportunity, please help all of those who were deeply affected.

Pops
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Pops 01/03/14 - 08:19 pm
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Maybe the building could now

qualify for some revitalization taxpayer funds.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/03/14 - 10:40 pm
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Damage containment
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Yep....those old buildings must be tinder dry and absolute fire hazards. The firefighters would have been concerned about the whole block going up in flames.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/14 - 10:49 pm
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Pops

What are you smoking?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/14 - 10:51 pm
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No

No taxpayer funds. Either the owner's fire insurance will pay up — or the owner's insurance company will discover arson. Either way, the taxpayers should not be on the hook.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/14 - 11:34 pm
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Charcoal

At least the charcoal didn't catch fire. The grillers and smokers will be happy.

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ibeanniebee 01/04/14 - 02:01 pm
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Dr. Adkins at Downtown Dental

Sadly, my dentist's office, Dr. Juanita Adkins, was lost in this fire on Broad St. In your article, you say that the owners hope her clients will not leave her for another dentist. That's not going to happen. I have NEVER seen a more considerate and compassionate dentist (and person) in my life. She has worked miracles for me and I'll follow her, no matter where she goes. Anne Bentley

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coalman 01/05/14 - 08:29 am
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Video of the aftermath of the fire

I feel terribly for those involved that this happened and am also a business owner on Broad St. This is everyone's worst fear. The only good news from this is that the Fire Dept was amazing in response time and their actions prevented any injuries or the fire from spreading.

After it was over I had to see what the top looked like so I shot the following video of what remains, click to see:

http://youtu.be/euFaIvmzaus

To me when you see this it is even more amazing that the fire was contained and prevented from spreading to any of the surrounding businesses. Great job AFD!

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