Fire destroys $400K Jax Beach home

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach home is destroyed despite fire crews battling the Tuesday morning blaze for nearly an hour.

The fire in the 70 block of Tallwood Road was reported to the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to Jacksonville Beach Police Department Commander C. Mark Evans.

A woman and her grandchildren were in the home at the time of the fire and were able to get out of the house safely, according to Jacksonville Beach Fire Department Chief Gary Frazier.

According to real estate site Zillow, the home is valued at $399,153.

The blaze could be seen from the Beach Boulevard Intracoastal Bridge. The cause is under investigation. At this time, it appears to be electrical, Frazier said.

"We're doing an investigation, but it appears that it started as electrical fire, near a fish tank," Frazier said. "That's what the occupant advised us, that she thought there was something that happened with the fish tank. She saw sparks. She told me there was a little explosion and she ran outside and called 911."

A neighbor who has known the homeowner for 20 years said he is glad she and her grandchildren got out safely. The family will be staying with the neighbor for the night.


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