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5 escape house fire in NW Jax

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department battled a house fire, Wednesday morning in Northwest Jacksonville.

JFRD reports five people were able to safely escape the fire.

"Well I just woke up and the house was smokey and it caught fire in the back of the house," said Kevin Bush. He lives at the home with four others when the he heard everyone yelling and rushing to get out of the house.

"Well the smoke was really, really bad. Like it came out of the ventilators. And I was like fearing for my life and I was like wow, this is bad, this is bad- this is really, really bad," said Bush.

According to The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the house fire shut down both westbound lanes of 20th Street and MLK Expressway as crews continue to investigate the fire. Lanes reopened just before 8 a.m.

The Red Cross is now interviewing the five individuals but Bush tells News4JAX that everyone is ok.