House fire deemed suspicious displaces children, adults, dog

Fire sparked at empty home spread to Teakwood Villas in Arlington

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A fire that was sparked at an empty house Wednesday night in Arlington was believed to be suspicious, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

A firefighter said the fire started at a home on Bretta Street and spread to the Teakwood Villas on Arlington Road. The house was a total loss.

James Gullvdge, a witness, said no one had been living at the house since the owner died. Gullvdge said he got into an altercation with a man who he said was pulling items out of the home. He said he turned around, and saw the house was on fire.

"I told him he needed to put it back, put the man's stuff back, stop stealing from his house, then me and him got into an argument," Gullvdge said. "We started scuffling and then I looked over and the house was on fire."

Five units at Teakwood Villas had exterior damage, but no interior damage was done, JFRD said. One person was taken to a hospital for an issue unrelated to the fire.

One person was being questioned after the fire.

The American Red Cross was called to assist five children, six adults and a dog, according to Fire and Rescue. One of the adults was said to have special needs.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Photo: Hannah McGovern

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