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More suspicious fires pop up on the Westside

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Updated: 2/17 6:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state fire marshal is investigating another fire on the Westside. It could be the latest in a string of robberies concentrated in the neighborhood.

This makes four Westside locations that have been burned down within a mile and a half from one another in the past five months.

"It's really scary, very scary, not something you want to wake up to in the morning," said local business owner Kristin Wade.

Wade is talking about the fire that erupted at a business down the street from her Monday morning.

Action News wast there as dozens of firefighters responded to BLC Automotive Repair to put it out. In all, more than 50 firefighters battled the flames.

"It strikes a chord, really close to home," said Wade.

But what bothers Wade most about this fire, is what she's seen as a pattern. The fire at BLC Automotive is the latest in a string of fires.

Just last week, the Video Empire on Blanding Boulevard caught fire.

A fire sparked at the Church of Epiphany earlier this month. It was the fourth fire at that church since September.

In October, a hotel under construction caught fire.

The Value Place Extended Stay burned down near the intersection of Harlow Boulevard and 103rd Street.

All but the Video Empire fire and today's fire have been called suspicious.

"If it does turn out to be an arson that makes it even worse. I can't understand why someone would go out of their way to do something like that," said Wade.

Action News made calls to the state fire marshal's office. We are waiting on a call back.

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