JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man critically injured in a house fire Monday night in the Moncrief area died overnight at the hospital, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said.
Crews responded just after 10:20 p.m. to the fire at the house on Moncrief Road near Golfair Boulevard. JFRD Capt. Eric Prosswimmer said firefighters found an older man in the home about 10 feet from the front door.
Prosswimmer said the man, who lived alone, was then taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, JFRD confirmed the man died of his injuries.
Neighbors told News4Jax the man lived in the home for several years and that some knew him as “Pops." They said the man was in his 80s.
Many said he was friendly.
“I walk past every now and then with my niece and my nephews, and he will have the door open, and he will just be saying, ‘hello’ to everyone that walks passed,” a neighbor said.
The state fire marshal was called to determine the cause of the fire and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives will investigate the man’s death.