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Fire burns Orange Park apartment

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Over 40 firefighters from around Jacksonville responded to a morning fire that tore through an Orange Park apartment complex Saturday.

Around 40 people have been displaced due to smoke damage. The fire is believed to have damaged at least 13 apartments within Building 1 in the complex, as well as breezeways for the apartments.

Deonta Armstrong was asleep in an upstairs apartment where he was staying with his pregnant wife, daughter, his mother in-law and three of his nephews. One of his nephews warned him of the fire.

"All I know is getting up real fast, getting everyone out of the building, we was banging on doors. The back wall, our neighbors was engulfed in flames. We got everybody out in the nick of time, thank God. Nobody died, all the pets, everybody got out," Armstrong said.

Clay County Fire Department Chief Lorin Mock said the crews responded around 8:50 a.m to a reported fire at the Vista Grande Apartments, formerly known as Mariner's Wharf Apartments, just off Wells Road.


Four fire fighting organizations were on scene to assist the CCFD including the Orange Park Fire Department, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Jacksonville Naval Air Station Fire Department. Smoke could be seen rising into the sky by approaching crews as they drove into the complex.

The fire was contained after about an hour, Mock said.

(Video courtesy of Kelly Burton)

None of the residents were hurt in the fire, but one firefighter was slightly injured with a twisted knee. The Red Cross has been called in to assist the people displaced by the smoke damage.


Two of the apartments were "heavily damaged", Mock said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and it is being investigated, Mock said.


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