ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A 64-year-old man died after a fire broke out at his home in Mayport Wednesday morning, according to the property’s community manager.
It happened around 8 a.m. in the Admiral’s Walk neighborhood off Mayport Road.
“The entire community is saddened with the passing of a neighbor,” said Jamie Caisse, Admiral’s Walk Community manager. “He was a great neighbor great, great man. We are all very sad. We’re all very saddened and our hearts are with his family.”
Caisse did not want to share the identity of the man as she contacts his family. She did say the man had been living in the home since 1997.
“Wonderful, wonderful character. He used to work at the Navy commissary. He used to play Fletcher football in the 70s. He was one of the big three,” she said.
Jacksonville Fire Rescue said crews arrived to the fire within four minutes. Firefighters said the fire was shooting out of the side of the home. Several windows are busted. No one else was there at the time.
JFRD shared these photos of the home. You can see heavy smoke coming out of the mobile home off Mayport Rd. Another photo shows what looks to be the charred kitchen. @THEJFRD pic.twitter.com/PBT1sIkQ6m— Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) June 9, 2021
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office put up crime scene tape to surround the front entrance of Admiral’s Walk. A crime scene van was stationed outside the mobile home.
JFRD says the fire is not considered suspicious. The State Fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.