Fire that destroyed Brooklyn building might have been arson

Smoke plumes seen from downtown before dawn Tuesday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – While arson investigators have yet to rule on cause of Tuesday morning's fire that destroyed a 111-year-old commercial building in at the corner of Edison Avenue and Oak Street, multiple points of origin to the fire were found, according to the state Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.

"Investigators have not yet ruled out the possibility that this fire may have been intentionally set," said agency spokesman Jon Moore.

It took about 35 firefighters an hour to get the fire under control. While there were not injuries, the building appeared to be a total loss.

Rollin Frey, who works nearby, said despite being condemned and closed up, the building had people in and out of it.

"They throw trash over here on our property, so it's been a mess," Frey said. "It's been a headache to us."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to have started on the second floor.

At least two ladder trucks were called to the scene. Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire, according to firefighters.

The building had been the site of many businesses over the years, the most recent being Tom and Sons Sub Shop.

The fire chief at the scene told News4Jax that firefighters have been watching the building for some time because of its condition.

The building is in an area that the city is working to redevelop near Riverside, and many of the older homes and buildings like it have already been torn down. Our crew counted 22 vacant businesses and houses within blocks of Monday's fire.

"They have torn so many buildings down around here that this place is a lot better than it used to be," Frey said.