JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said its units responded to an apartment fire in the 4200 block of Moncrief Road on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m.
Action News Jax reporters are talking to victims' families and investigated the apartment's history of fire code violations.
A witness, Pamela Butler, said, “People were running, screaming.”
Butler said she saw a man run into the burning apartment building to help a family who was trapped. “The man had the baby in his arms just like this… He said ‘please, please look at him he’s burning.’”
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The Fire Department said all of building G at Calloway Cove, formerly known as Washington Heights, was damaged in the fire.
Firefighters said that there are 12 families displace.
The fire was considered undercontrol around 9:15 p.m. according to JFRD.
This JTA bus was brought in to provide the displaced families some comfort from the heat while they figure out where they’ll be spending the night. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/oVcomhJCX8— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 24, 2019
#NEW: A neighbor shared these pictures of the damage to the apartment complex. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/vzl1jYzrCV— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 24, 2019
UPDATE: A seventh person was transported for precautionary reasons. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/N6otRj3QKJ— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 24, 2019
UPDATE: Six people transported to the hospital, including 3 children and 1 adult who are in critical condition. Two other children are in stable condition. pic.twitter.com/VImM9yRjcK— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 24, 2019
Multiple people were injured in the fire according to firefighters.
JFRD said seven people, including five children, were transported to the hospital. Three chilren, 1 adult are critical.
JFRD update on apartment fire on Moncrief Road
JFRD update on apartment fire on Moncrief Road | https://bit.ly/2Ycqf8sPosted by Action News Jax on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Wow. Massive firefighter and police presence after crews put out a fire at the Washington Heights apartment complex. Moncrief Rd. between Winton Dr. and Cleveland Rd. is shut down. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/bDpv9LUz8W— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 24, 2019
The Fire Marshal is on scene.
JFRD said its Emergency Operations Center team is on scene along with the Red Cross.
JFRD said it had 38 units on scene -- 83 JFRD personnel.
Crews have responded to an apartment structure fire in the 4200 block of Moncrief Road.....Engine 36 advises heavy fire… A second alarm has been called— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) July 24, 2019
I’m briefed on Moncrief Road apartment fire. Our Fire/Rescue @JFRDJAX , @RedCross and support teams on site and working hard for those impacted. Prayers for those who are injured and all the families. Your city will be here for you. Join me in prayer as these teams work.— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) July 24, 2019
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