Police: Domestic dispute preceded NW Jacksonville house fire

Sheriff's Office says police called to home hour before fire broke out

By Allyson Henning - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a house fire that broke out Saturday morning in the city’s College Gardens neighborhood roughly an hour after police were called to the same address for a domestic dispute.

Firefighters were called to a home near the intersection of Hardee and McMillan streets at about 7:30 a.m., the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department said. About an hour earlier, the Sheriff's Office said officers were called there to investigate a reported fight between a man and woman inside the home. 

A fire broke out Saturday at a home on Hardee Street in College Gardens

The Sheriff's Office has not released details regarding the fight or if there were any injuries. 

The home was badly damaged, but no damage to neighboring structures or injuries were reported. The home was unoccupied when the fire broke out, firefighters said. The fire was under control in about 10 minutes, fire officials said. 

News4Jax spoke with Jeff Govergo, who lives nearby. He said he woke up to the sound of sirens and feared for his neighbor’s safety. 

“(I) ran out in my boxers trying to go into the house,” Govergo said. “It’s a neighborhood. We’ve got a look after each other.”

The battalion chief at the scene said the man who lives in the house was involved in the domestic dispute and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a stab wound he suffered. Police have not released the man’s identity. 

Officials have not released information regarding the cause of the fire or if it’s related to the domestic dispute. Investigators are interviewing people to learn more about the cause of the fire. 

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