JFRD responded to a brush fire on the Westside off of Old Middleberg Road. Tom Francis said eyewitnesses reported seeing vehicles leave the area shortly before the brush fire was reported.
By Gene Wexler
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Tom Francis of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department says they will be investigating eyewitness reports that multiple vehicles were seen leaving the area on the Westside where a brush fire broke out soon afterwards.
JFRD received reports of a brush fire around 1:30 p.m. near Hazel Road and Newman Lake Court off Old Middleberg Road. Fifteen people witnessed smoke from a five acre brush fire coming near their properties.
JFRD along with Clay County Fire and Rescue responded to the residential areas and had the fire under control in an hour. The fire path never made it to the houses.
Francis said people who live nearby should not be alarmed if they see plumes of smoke in the air, as there still are some hot spots burning out. But he assured that the fire is under control.
No further information was given about the vehicles allegedly seen leaving the area before the fire, but we will update you as we learn more.
JFRD contained a brush fire on the Westside, but there may be leads into the cause.