Woman dies in Orange Park house fire

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A woman was killed in a house fire in Orange Park on Friday morning, Clay County Fire Rescue said.


Cindi Kikta was a retired Clay County school employee, the family confirms. The family also says the fire was caused by a space heater.

"She just had it up front with and the dogs, kept them warm, " said her son Sean Hall who learned of the fire on FaceBook.

"A friend on FaceBook said there is a fire on Parkside Avenue. I tried calling her, no response," said Hall who noted his brother got in touch with a neighbor to confirm it was his mother's house.

A/C overheats at Clay Humane Society

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Clay County Fire Rescue was called to deal with an overheated air conditioner at the Clay County Humane Society Tuesday evening.

Two engines were sent to the Humane Society, located at 2230 Filmore Street, just after 5 p.m., spokesperson Bernita Bush told First Coast News.

When the first engine arrived, there was no smoke visible from outside. There's still no word on what kind of damage the interior sustained.

We'll update this story as we learn more.

Branan Field Overpass fix could take 2 months, $1.5M

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Repairs to the Branan Fields Overpass on Plantation Oaks Boulevard in Orange Park are expected to take up to two months and $1.5 million to complete, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

On Monday, FDOT is expected to start talking about potential contractors for the project. In the meantime, an agency spokesperson says the bridge will remain closed for the next 45-60 days, though FDOT is offering a $200,000 incentive for the chosen contractor if they can complete the project within 45 days.

The bridge, frequented mostly by Oakleaf Plantation residents, was shut down Thursday following a failed inspection by FDOT. Agency spokesperson Ron Tittle said inspectors found that a concrete culvert at the site is not up to par.

Even so, Tittle said there's no danger of a collapse.

Family's pet struck by speeding golf cart

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Nadine Paffe, 26, works three jobs to provide for her family and her pets. What happened Nov. 30 has left her devastated: the family dog was hit by a speeding golf cart, Paffe says.

"She's a great, great dog," said Paffe. "I love this dog.

Sheila, a seven-year-old Australian Shepherd, was in the front yard playing with the kids. Everyone went in and Sheila ran after a ball near the curb. That's when she was reportedly hit by a speeding golf cart driver.

"He came around the corner, didn't see her and ran completely over her," Paffe said.

The nanny, Halley Chute, ran from the house and saw the driver over the dog, but he denied hitting her.

"I did a police report," said Paffe. "They documented it as a hit and run because he denied it."

Who gets the rent? Landlord or HOA?

ID=19765885ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Oakleaf Plantation is a community where property owners pay homeowners association dues. But what if the property owner rents his home and fails to pay those dues?

"I'm kind of caught in the middle here," said Kay Ferguson.

Ferguson, 54, has been renting the same Orange Park house for two years. A few weeks ago she was hit with a demand of payment letter from the HOA.

"The association wants the rent and if I don't pay them the rent, they want to evict me," said Ferguson. "At the same time, if if I don't pay the landlord, he wants to evict me."

Shopping center evacuated after threat called in

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A threat was called in to an Orange Park store Friday afternoon.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a phone threat was called in to the Save-A-Lot in the 300 block of Blanding Blvd.

The CCSO found no signs of a legitimate threat, but brought in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad and a K9 unit as a precaution.

Major sewer line breaks in Orange Park

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A major sewer line broke in a residential Orange Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

The break happened on Gano Avenue, according to a Town of Orange Park Facebook post. The town is blaming the break on old clay pipes between DeBarry Avenue and Grove Park Drive.

"This is a complicated, very deep repair that will take up to two weeks to fix," according to the Town of Orange Park Facebook page.

First Coast News contacted Orange Park public works Wednesday. A spokesperson said there is a bypass system in place and no sewage was spilled. The main concern, according to spokesperson, was traffic.

Traffic has been diverted from the area.