JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was injured in a house fire Thursday morning in the Hidden Hills neighborhood off Monument Road, authorities said.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department reported that heavy smoke was seen about 1:30 a.m. when the first engine arrived at the fire on Roundham Lane.
JFRD said the man rescued from the house fire was hospitalized in serious condition. Photos firefighters tweeted show extensive damage inside the one-story home.
Investigators told News4Jax the fire is considered suspicious and the state fire marshal was called to the scene.
For more than six hours, Jacksonville police, the state fire marshal and K-9 handlers could be seen going through the house, searching for clues.
A worker doing construction on property behind the home made the 911 call.
"Thank you, firemen, for your quick response. We appreciate you," a neighbor told News4Jax.
According to city records, a 71-year-old woman owns the home. Her friends told News4Jax that she lives alone.
When reached by phone, the homeowner declined to talk.
The name of the man who was hurt in the fire was not released. Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of the blaze.