JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - 7:45 P.M. UPDATE: Investigators are calling a fire that injured a man and destroyed a Jacksonville home suspicious.
A Jacksonville fire lieutenant said a man had serious injuries after firefighters pulled him from a burning home on Roundham Lane in Fort Caroline.
Marley Middleton is a Pop-A-Lock driver. He lives down the road from the home. He said he was on his way to a call when he saw smoke coming from it.
He said he ran over to the house.
“I heard a voice coughing so my reaction was to try to get into to the house,” Marley Middleton said.
He said he ran to the front door to try to get inside, but a screen door blocked his entry. He said he tried to get into the backyard through a fence but it was bolted shut.
“It was kind of frustrating. Depressed is more like it. I couldn’t do anything. I tried but I couldn’t,” he said.
Firefighters got the man out of the house and quickly put out the flames.
Sky Action News Jax flew above the scene as crews put out hot spots.
“It’s heart wrenching, I don’t know. Just makes my heart hurt for the family,” Bridget Summa said.
She lives a few houses down from the home that burned.
Investigators gathered evidence in and around the home for hours after the fire.
They are calling it suspicious and said damage was estimated at $75,000. The home is considered a total loss.
One person was pulled from a burning home in a Fort Caroline neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department says one man was rescued from the fire and transported to a local hospital.
The fire lieutenant says the man had serious injuries.
There is a heavy firefighter and police presence at the home on the 3100 block of Roundham Lane. JAFF says the fire is being controlled.
State fire marshal investigator has been called to investigate.
This is a developing story. Watch CBS47 for a live report at noon.
© 2018 Cox Media Group.