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Charging drone blamed for Jacksonville house fire

2 people and a dog made it out of the San Jose home without serious injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A drone mishap is credited with sparking a house fire Wednesday morning in Jacksonville’s San Jose neighborhood that sent one person to the hospital.

What began with a medical call to a home on Salamanca Avenue, off San Jose Boulevard, shortly before 10 a.m. escalated when an explosion occurred, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

An 81-year-old woman who was in the house when the fire broke out told News4Jax that her 16-year-old grandson had plugged in his drone to charge inside the garage when the charger ignited. The resulting fire sent flames and smoke streaming from the home.

“I stepped foot in the house and couldn’t breathe at all and screamed,” neighbor Joe Skrzydlewski said. "She was right there a couple of feet away and she came back outside the house. The fireman brought the dog out the dog had its tongue out and it was twitching and one of the firemen brought over oxygen and I really think revived the dog.”

The teen was taken to an area hospital to get treatment for smoke inhalation but was expected to be OK.


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