Jacksonville, FL — Two people were found dead inside a burned home in Doctors Inlet, according to Clay County Fire Rescue.
The home, located on Kristi Court, caught fire late Wednesday night.
When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy smoke and fire coming from a single-wide mobile home.
As they worked to put out the fire, they found two bodies inside.
The State Fire Marshal is now investigating the cause of the fire.
The people inside have not yet been identified.
Roger Lessen, a neighbor, says the victims of the fire were his two neighbors: a mother in her 80s and her daughter in her 50s.
”She always took care of her mom and helping [sic] her,” he said of the women. “She was telling me she was looking forward to fall so they could sit outside in the cool all the time,” he said. ”But they were really great people,” he added.
This bond had grown for more than 10 years here along with Kristi Court, a small street where everyone looks out for each other.
”We just kept an eye on everybody out here and try to do what we can to help people out here.”
When he got home on Wednesday night and saw flames, he tried to help by calling 911.”It’s not something you wanna come home from,” he said as he remembered the scene, and his voice began to break. “My wife was telling me last night that all she could do was see the fire and the blaze because the fire was shooting straight past the trees.”
The Kristi Court fire was the first of two fires Clay County Fire Rescue put out overnight. The second fire was in Middleburg at a home on Mandrake Street.
Crews arrived to find live power lines down and one person hurt.
The power lines were secured at 2:45 a.m. and the injured person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
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