One man is dead in a fire Friday morning at a duplex on Jacksonville's southside, and a woman who claims to be the man's niece was arrested on the scene for her conduct towards officers.
Updated information Monday, March 4, 2012: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as 50 year-old Gregory R. Caldwell.
The duplex is on Jadestone Drive, which is east of I-295 and south of Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville Fire Rescue spokesman Tom Francis tells WOKV only one side of the duplex was occupied at the time of this morning's fire that appears to have started at 4:26 am.
State Fire Marshal spokesman Andy Redding said that they found a few pieces of evidence at the scene which could be related to the cause of the fire, which they believe was accidental. He says they found the remains of what looked like a space heater among other things.
Gene Wexler arrived at the scene around 5:30 a.m. and soon met a woman who claimed that her uncle was the man who died in the fire. She was emotional at the time and was upset that Jacksonville police weren't letting her close to the scene of the fire.
Later on as investigators continued to work the scene, the woman became beligerent with the officers: cursing, yelling and flashing her middle fingers in the air. Eventually, she left the scene.
During the 7:00 hour, she showed up to the scene again yelling at officers and walking right towards the police tape. Two officers were following her. After about a minute, police officers put her in handcuffs and arrested her.
Later on JSO told us she was arrested for breach of peace and resisting arrest. They said she was warned several times about entering the crime scene and had been escorted out. Officers later caught her sneaking around through the backyard of the house which caught on fire.