Jax Beach house fire threatens condos

JFRD says fire caused by kerosine space heater; 2 people made it out safely

Published On: Nov 28 2012 02:56:29 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 03:55:49 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -

Firefighters on Wednesday afternoon battled a fire at a home in the 500 block of First Street South in Jacksonville Beach that had threatened a multistory condominium building next door.

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue initially issued a second-alarm due to the exposure to neighboring buildings, but that was canceled when the fire was contained to the one house.

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According to JFRD, two people in the home were alerted when a smoke detector went off and were able to get out safely, but one dog and a bird died in the fire. Firefighters say the fire was caused by a kerosine space heater.

The structure is likely a total loss.

A VyStar account has been set up for the residents of the home, Shannon and David Hewitt. The account number is 702968426 and is in their daughter's name, Ashleith Brown.