Fire threatened 3 downtown homes, burns 1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three Eastside homes were threatened by fire early Friday morning.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue reports the fire broke out at an abandoned home at 623 Odessa around 5 a.m. That home was engulfed in flames. According to JFRD, the flames were so intense, the two neighboring homes caught fire and are now considered, 'structurally unsafe.'

The home next door at 611 Odessa was also abandoned.

Two people living on the other side, at 623 Odessa, were safely evacuated. Around noon Friday, a man living in the home returned to collect his belongings, but was unable to, because it is considered structurally unsafe.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire.

Neighbors in the area say they are concerned about other vacant homes in the area. Many calling the homes, 'hot spot' for crimes.

Rory Thompson lives across the street from the homes. He said, "People are in and out. No lights, no water, even when they are cold....they gotta heat some kind of way."

According to JFRD, the fire took less than 20 minutes to put out but after crews left, they were forced back after a hot spot re-ignited.

The State Fire Marshall's office arrived at the scene just after 6 a.m. to access the damage and investigate the cause of fire.


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