One person was found dead, and a Jacksonville firefighter was injured Saturday morning when fire ripped through the Preserve at Cedar River Apartments, 4301 Confederate Point Road, on the Westside.
Firefighters found an adult dead inside one of the apartments after extinguishing the fire reported about 6 a.m., said Sgt. Robert John of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
As of 10 a.m. detectives hadn’t been able to enter the apartment where the victim was found because they were waiting for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department to render the structure safe, John said.
Neighbors said a woman lived in the apartment where the body was found. However, John said because it was very early in the investigation, detectives hadn’t been able to identify the victim or say whether it was a man or woman.
One firefighter was treated and released from the hospital for heat exhaustion, said Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters.
John said the fire’s cause will be investigated by the fire department, and the state Fire Marshal’s Office. It appeared at least two apartments were destroyed, and about four others were damaged.
The American Red Cross said at least 10 families were displaced by the blaze, Times-Union news partner First Coast News reported.
The blaze was reported by someone calling 911, John said.