Two kitchen fires reported on Jackson Street Monday

Two kitchen fires occurred Monday afternoon, both within ten minutes of each other, both on Jackson Street.

The Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a call from the Sweet Union Apartments, in North Jacksonville, at approximately 3:30 p.m. When JFD arrived, they found smoke streaming from a first-floor apartment.

“There were no injuries and only moderate damage to the kitchen area,” said JFD Captain Kevin McKinney. “It appears that someone left food on the stove.”

According to McKinney, it is more than likely that the tenants of the apartment will be displaced until repairs can be done.

While the firefighters were still fighting to extinguish the Sweet Union fire, another fire was called in, this one at the Lighthouse Apartment Complex. One of the units that had responded to the first fire sped away from the scene to assist in battling the second fire.

“The situation at the second fire was very similar to the first one,” McKinney said. “The owner of the apartment left a pot of grease on the stove and had thought that she had turned it off. She then had left to go to town and when she got back she found the apartment full of smoke.”

Both apartments suffered burnt cupboards and stove fan units.

According to McKinney, each fire caused about $2,500 to $3,000 in damages.

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