JFRD investigates NW Jax house fire

Former homeowner said electricity was turned off, calls fire 'suspcious'

Published On: Jul 17 2013 04:50:16 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 02:41:36 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue fought a fire at a home in Northwest Jacksonville early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home on 3129 Columbus Avenue a little after 4 a.m. in reference to a fire.

"We heard a loud booming noise and then about 30 minutes later we kept hearing boom, boom, boom, and we didn't know it was a fire burning all that time," one neighbor said. "It'd been burning about an hour. We thought someone was gutting the house, but it was a fire evidently going through the house popping stuff."

Crews at the scene told Channel 4 no one was home when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

"It was scary as hell," a neighbor said. "When you walk outside all you see is flames and lights. You're right next door and don't even know it. The firemen said it started in the attic, and that's scary."

A man who previously lived at the home said he moved out recently but still had some belongings inside.

He also said the electricity was turned off and called this fire "suspicious."

"We blessed, baby. We blessed to get out of that. If that went to our roof, it would have caught on fire, too," a neighbor said.

Columbus Avenue near Melson Avenue was blocked following the fire, while crews investigated the cause.

JFRD said the fire was "suspicious in nature" and called in the State Fire Marshal to help investigate the cause.