JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two firefighters were hurt Monday morning while putting out a fire in the Riverbrook at Glen Kernan neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
JFRD said crews were called to the home around 1 a.m. on Autumn River Road South. Officials said the fire began in the back right side of the home — destroying it.
Two firefighters were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
The state fire marshal is suspicious of what could’ve caused the fire. JFRD and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
Sam Canzano lives several homes down on Autumn River Road South.
“A few minutes before 1 a.m., I heard the honking of the fire engines out here and woke up, immediately saw some of the red and white lights flashing through my window,” Canzano said.
Canzano said he saw investigators on site.
“He had this very sophisticated drone set up, and he sent it over the roof to get a clearer picture of the entire piece of property,” Canzano explained.
News4Jax looked through records and found the home was the scene of an armed home invasion in 2018.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said two armed robbers entered the home, brutally beating a man and tying up his stepdaughter. Police said the two robbers also stole $20,000 dollars from a safe and a Ducati motorcycle.
The man who resides at the home said that he believes the cause might be an electrical fire because he’s had electrical problems in the past.
Crews are working a residential structure fire in the 13000 block of Autumn River Rd South— THEJFRD (@THEJFRD) May 9, 2022