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Red Cross helping 8 adults after fire damages Northside home

Jacksonville firefighters say blaze started in garage of Julie Lea Circle home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fire that broke out Monday afternoon at a house on Jacksonville's Northside displaced eight adults, according to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross told News4Jax it will be assisting the eight who live in the home on Juliet Lea Circle, where firefighters responded about 2:50 p.m. to a fire. 

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said everyone who lives at the home was outside when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported. 

Firefighters said the blaze started in the garage and spread to the attic, which sustained heavy damage.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The state fire marshal’s office was called to investigate. 

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Firefighters initially said the home appeared to be a halfway house, but one woman who lives there said it is not. She said the people who live there rent rooms inside the four-bedroom house. 

Neighbor Lorenzo Watson said he rushed over to the home when he saw the smoke. He said one of the residents seems to be handling it well.

"Well, she seems to be doing pretty good. She's taking it pretty good, fairly well, considering the situation," Watson said. "I'm quite sure whatever the community can do it assist her, I'm quite sure they will."

Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Gaffney also showed up to the home, offering assistance to the residents. 

"I want to make sure they have resources the next two to three days," Gaffney said.

The Red Cross said four of the eight people who live in the home are family members.

All of the residents will be placed somewhere Monday night, considering the amount of damage to the home.


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