Jacksonville, FL - The state fire marshal is investigating the source and cause of a massive fire at the old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property on the Arlington Expressway. Wednesday’s fire created a powerful orange glow that could be seen for miles.
Thunderbird was once a popular hangout in the 60’s and 70’s. No one was injured in the fire.
In January the Jacksonville Daily Record reported a South Florida ownership group announced plans to redevelop the 18-acre property into apartments, hotels and retail including a restaurant.
A fire destroyed a building at the old Thunderbird Motor Hotel property in Arlington. Coming up at 7:15 a.m. we are giving you a look at the damage left behind @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/4nonY4ZW35— Alicia Tarancon (@AliciaANJax) November 14, 2019
A @JFRDJAX crew just showed up to put out a few hot spots to ensure a fire doesn’t reignite overnight. I’m told no one was inside the building when the initial fire started. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/fdrodWnnQ0— Dani Bozzini (@DaniANjax) November 14, 2019
A historic popular spot in Arlington went up in flames Wednesday night. @AliciaANJax has a live look at what's left of the building on NEXT on FOX30, CBS47 at 6: https://t.co/hopnLIWgnH pic.twitter.com/XCnuTAuIBT— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) November 14, 2019
JFRD says the fire is out now... but WOW look at these flames. We are looking into what caused this fire off University Boulevard and whether anyone was hurt. Stay with @ActionNewsJax on CBS47/FOX30 for the very latest on this late breaking story. @TenikkaANjax @BachmanANjax https://t.co/c4Xhj4Z3X6— Pascale Head (@PascaleHead) November 13, 2019