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Cause Of Jacksonville Apartment Complex Fire Released

Investigators say an electrical problem caused a fire that heavily damaged one building of a Jacksonville apartment complex last week.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze at Carolina Place Apartments on Western Boulevard Extension under control last Thursday. No one lives at the complex as it is still under construction.

Fire Marshal John Reed Chief says an independent inspector confirmed this week that the fire started from an electrical issue in the attic.

He tells WITN News that all of the other buildings have since been re-inspected for the same problem and all are good now.

The complex had been inspected by the city's engineering staff, but had yet to be gone through by the fire department for its occupancy permit.


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Flames this afternoon leaped from the roof of an apartment complex that was under construction in Jacksonville.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze at Carolina Place Apartments on Western Boulevard Extension under control. The fire was reported around 2:10 p.m. and no one yet lives in the complex.

Authorities say the fire started in the attic of one of the buildings being built and quickly spread damaging 6 to 8 units. Sprinklers worked in the rest of the building, but there are none in the attic.

An additional shift of firefighters as well as volunteer firefighters were called in to help battle the blaze.

An eyewitness, who was working on the building next door, tells WITN reporter Carly Swain that they noticed smoke coming out of the top of the building around 2:00 p.m.

The fire marshal says they had the fire under control by 2:45 p.m. and there were no injuries.

Ironically, the fire department had planned to soon inspect the new complex for its occupancy permit, but officials say with today's fire that will delay things some six to eight weeks.


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