JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire at a mobile home on Naomi Drive in the Oceanway area Saturday morning.
Two people were injured in the fire, including a resident of the home who was burned, Fire and Rescue said. A firefighter injured his ankle while working to extinguish the fire.
JFRD said a second firefighter fell through the roof and landed on his feet. He was OK.
News4Jax spoke with one woman who was sleeping when the fire broke out. She says she’s thankful her three kids, all under the age of ten, were not home at the time.
According to JFRD, two dogs were pulled from the fire. Both survived. Some animals, including cats and chickens, died in the fire.
“This morning, we pulled out of our driveway and we smelled burning plastic and when we went past the house we actually saw on fire,” Robbin Capeau, a neighbor who called 911, said. “It engulfed really quick and my husband was banging on the door trying to wake up the people inside.”
Capeau told News4Jax it was a quiet morning and no one else was around.
“It was awful. I was on the phone, started to cry and it was getting later and the fire was getting larger,” she said.
The American Red Cross has been contacted to assist the family. The state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.
JFRD says when crews arrived, the homeowners were going back inside the house as it was on fire to save their animals. A JFRD captain said not to do this and leave it to them to help and make the rescues.