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No injuries reported at Orange Park VFW fire


ID=32376145ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Flames caused thousands of dollars of damage at a Veterans of Foreign Wars facility in Orange Park Tuesday night, authorities said.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue and Clay County Fire Rescue were called to the facility, located on Aurora Boulevard, before 9 p.m. after a worker inside smelled smoke.

Crews knocked down the fire, which appears to have started near the air conditioning unit, according to CCFR.

There were no injuries reported. But the fire did cause between $15-30,000 in damage, firefighters said.


Active shooter false alarm triggers panic at private school


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A false alarm warning students and parents about an active shooter brought Clay County Sheriff's deputies to St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park Tuesday evening, authorities confirmed to First Coast News.

In a Facebook post, the school's administration said technology staff members were working on the school's alert system when an accidental message went out before 8 p.m., causing panic for parents. The Sheriff's Office confirmed deputies responded to the school, located in the 3100 block of Doctors Lake Drive, and swept the premises for signs of a gunman.

The school quickly sent out two follow-up alerts, clarifying that everyone was fine and that the initial message was just a false alarm, according to CCSO.

Clay Humane: Puppies abandoned on I-10 rebounding


ID=32309557ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A month after he and his pal Scout were rescued from along Interstate 10 near Macclenny, Dodger and his pal Scout are recovering at an astonishing pace, Clay Humane of Orange Park reports.

In fact, based on before and after pictures provided by Clay Humane, you wouldn't even recognize Dodger now. He and Scout were in terrible shape -- badly emaciated and suffering from skin conditions -- when they were saved July 22.

Sadder still, another dog with them had already been killed in traffic.

A/C unit sparks fire at Orange Park HS portable building


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Firefighters and school officials are at the scene of a fire that broke out at Orange Park High School Wednesday afternoon, authorities told First Coast News.

Firefighters called to the school about 4 p.m. found only smoke at a portable building on campus, according to Clay County Fire Rescue. A problem with an air conditioning unit is suspected to have sparked the fire, a spokesperson for Clay County Schools confirmed.

The building was vacant at the time, spokesperson Gavin Rollins said. Firefighters have since cleared the scene.

"They think it was something minor with the A/C," Rollins told First Coast News.

No injuries were reported. If there is damage to the building, it's minor, firefighters said.

CCFR has handed over the situation to school maintenance staff.


Bicyclist in serious condition after being hit by pickup


ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A pickup struck a bicyclist on Roosevelt Boulevard near Holly Point Road in Orange Park Friday morning, Orange Park Fire Rescue said.

According to OCFR, the bicyclist was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville.

The pick up driver is still on scene and authorities are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

This is a developing story, stay with First Coast News for updates.


Abandoned puppies rescued from I-10


ID=30552265ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two abandoned puppies were rescued from Interstate 10 near Macclenny Wednesday morning.

A Clay Humane staff member found the hound mixes on the side of the road and stopped to rescue them. Clay Humane says the two male dogs are between 15 and 16 weeks old. The staff named one of the dogs Dodger and the other one Scout when they arrived at the clinic.

WATCH: USPS driver hits Oakleaf mailbox, drives away


ID=30449205ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A U.S. Postal Service worker covering a route in Orange Park is giving new meaning to the phrase "going postal" after a resident reports the driver struck her mailbox over the weekend and then just took off.

Viewer Tricia reached out to First Coast News with video of the incident on Sunday, saying the unidentified driver drove by her home, located in the 800 block of Stallion Way, and clipped her mailbox, knocking it clean off its post. Then, Tricia reports, the driver simply drove away.

"Today in oakleaf... The mail delivery person hit and broke our mailbox and just kept going," she said in a Facebook post. "Hoping USPS will make it right!"