Fire reported at Westside home of JSO takedown arrest

Cause of the fire unclear, no one injured, Jacksonville Fire Rescue says

By Scott Johnson - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Firefighters were sent to a fire Friday that was reported at the same address where video from a day prior captured a man whose head appeared to be slammed by a Jacksonville police officer during an arrest.

The home is on Cinderella Road near the intersection of Peter Rabbit Drive, which is on Jacksonville's Westside. According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the fire started in the bedroom and moderate damage was done to the home.

Two people were inside the home, JFRD said. They were not injured. The cause of the fire was under investigation. It's unclear if the fire was linked to Thursday's police standoff.

"We don't know. That's going to be up to the state fire marshal and JSO to decide," said Chief Ashley Burkhalter with JFRD.

Neighbors told News4Jax they saw the homeowner come by and tape something to the door about two hours before the fire started. It's unknown what was taped to the door.

News4Jax spoke to a woman who lives in the house. Chantel Holland said the fire had nothing to do with the standoff.

"This ain't got nothing to do with that. I think that's crazy what happened yesterday. Now I got this," Holland said. "Too much for one person."

Holland said the man who was arrested was a friend who had warrants that was working on her house. The arrest, she said, was excessive force.

Video of Thursday's arrest shows a man get down on the ground as officers swarmed to arrest him. The man's head appeared to be slammed repeatedly on the pavement by one of the officers.

"The ground was hot. You see him jump up because the ground was hot. His arms were still out," Holland said. "I'm always going to say it was unnecessary. I don't care who don't like it."

The man who was arrested, Todaryl Britt, 47, was booked into the Duval County jail on several outstanding charges and an additional charge of resisting arrest without violence.

On Friday, police said the incident will receive a standard review by the Response to Resistance Board.

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