Fire causes 75 residents to evacuate Northside senior apartment complex

Cause of the fire is unknown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Multiple Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department crews are responding to a fire Sunday afternoon at a senior apartment complex in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.

News4JAX crews saw smoke coming from the second floor of a building at the Morris Manor Apartments near Soutel Drive and Norfolk Boulevard.

Over 70 Residents were evacuated from the second and third floors with four people transported to the hospital. JFRD said none of the transports have life-threatening conditions.

“There was one with minor burns. The rest were just really smoke issues,” Eric Prosswimmer told News4JAX.

Annette Morris was alarmed by the fire because her 67-year-old sister has lived at the complex for years.

“I called her about 100 times and she ain’t answering her phone. You don’t know what to expect,” Morris.

Morris was frantic after hearing that the complex was up in flames but learned that her sister was okay.

Three units were impacted by the fire, JFRD said.

A Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus was brought in for residents to sit in while they waited for crews to get the situation under control.

The American Red Cross was also called to assist anyone who was displaced, but it’s unclear what the organization will be helping with. JFRD said the complex does have other united available.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Crews responding to fire at senior apartment complex (WJXT)

About the Author:

Khalil Maycock joined the News4JAX team in November 2022 after reporting in Des Moines, IA.