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Homes damaged by lightning fires

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Updated: 6/04/2013 7:57 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department fought three structure fires that broke out nearly simultaneously miles apart from each other Monday. Officials believe all three fires were sparked by lightning from the late-afternoon storm.

JFRD Chief Martin Senterfitt told Action News, "We had a very severe cell come through here. Lightning was just incredible. So that leads to be the most likely cause of all these."

JFRD responded to a house fire in the Southside's Glen Kernan neighborhood, a small apartment fire near the intersection of Hodges and Beach boulevards and a house fire in the Bartram Springs area near the St. Johns County line.

The fire department even had to pull some units from as far as 15 miles away.

"We had resources from the Westside going to the Bartram Springs area. We had resources from downtown coming all the way out to Hodges Boulevard. So it spread us thin for about 30 minutes, but we were able to recover and transfer units into the right places," said Senterfitt.

No injuries were reports at any of the three locations.

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imtellin - 6/4/2013 6:04 AM
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this admission lends some credence to the recent allegations of slow response times by jfrd to incidents of drownings at area beaches !!! perhaps an independent investigation of staffing at firehouses & equipment allocations should be undertaken by a non partial agency or individual.... its beginning to become a disturbing pattern,,, response times & pulling equipment & manpower from " 15 miles away ",, sounds irresponsible & reckless to say the least !!!at 60 m.p.h. it would take at least 15 minutes for men & equipment to arrive & let's face it,, there are few roads you can do 60 m.p.h. on in jacksonville,,, so response time was more like 20-25 minutes... fire can do an awful lot of damage left unchecked for 15- 25 minutes !!!in fact homes can be totally consumed in less time than that,,, which is why response times from fire departments is so critical.....

imtellin - 6/4/2013 5:57 AM
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sounds like jfrd, is woefully undermanned,,without sufficient resources in all locations to adequately serve the public in emergencies !!! if you have to pull units from 15 miles away,, you have a serious response time problem... insurance companies would be very interested to learn this... your homeowners policy is based on distance from nearest working hydrant & distance to the nearest firehouse... however if they are under equipped, understaffed,, then rates will be based on distance to the nearest house with ability to adequately respond to a call for help... jacksonville homeowners,,, get ready for rate increases... by thier own admission,, they didn't have resources available to adequately respond,, thus delaying response times & endangering the public which they allegedly serve !!!
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