Fire at Beach Boulevard Flea Market

JFRD: Cooling unit shorted, causing fire exposure

By Crystal Moyer - Traffic/reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Firefighters extinguished a fire early Wednesday morning at the Beach Boulevard Flea Market.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said the fire started around 3:30 a.m. at 11041 Beach Blvd.

"It looks like we had a short in one of the cooling units that we had. It was a vegetable stand within the flea market," said JFRD District Chief Roger Lewis.

Lewis said the cooling units shorted, causing some fire exposure to within the vegetable stand, but firefighters were able to keep it contained.

"Fortunately, it didn't make its way anywhere else. We had a tire shop that was right next door. That would have been significantly different," said Lewis.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in about five to 10 minutes and were able to cancel other JFRD units that were en route to the scene to help.

"Most of the damage is probably to the cooling units themselves. They look pretty expensive," said Lewis.

Lewis said no injuries were reported and no one was in the flea market at the time of the fire.

"Those of us that have been around for a while know the history of the flea market, once it does catch on fire -– it caught on fire a couple years ago, and that was very bad. It was in the middle of the flea market," Lewis said. "We were lucky this time. It was only outer edge, so we were able to get to it quickly."

The damage estimate was not immediately known.

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