305 22 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTMORE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several families were forced to flee their homes as a three-alarm fire ripped through an Arlington apartment complex overnight Saturday, authorities said.

Fire crews were called to the River City Landing apartments across from Jacksonville University on University Boulevard about midnight, where they found an apartment building engulfed in flames, said chief Martin Senterfitt with the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.

Two residents were taken to the hospital for injuries, Senterfitt said. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Smoke and water damage to the 32-apartment building was extensive, with Senterfitt calling it a "total loss."

The American Red Cross is putting at least 25 families, a total of 47 people, in hotels, spokesperson Amber Bierfreund told First Coast News.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what led to the blaze.

Anyone who has been affected by this fire but has not yet been able to meet with a Red Cross caseworker, is asked to call 904-358-8091 for help with immediate needs.

Autoplay
Show Thumbnails
Show Captions
305 22 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2014/05/17/two-hurt-in-3-alarm-fire/9209587/