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6 displaced after two homes involved in fire on Jacksonville's Northside

9:34 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A house fire on the Northside has left six people homeless after flames jumped from one home to a second home.

The two homes, located on the 4500 hundred block of Perry Street, are unlivable after a fire broke out on the front porch of a two-story home.

The home where the fire started was fully involved and spreading when Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department crews arrived.

The flames then jumped to a second home, damaging the front half of the home.

It was a terrifying situation for 77-year-old homeowner Edward Lewis Palmer, who was inside when the flames hit his house.

"I heard somebody screaming from over there and I came to the door and saw a big old flame on that side then eventually it caught my house," Lewis said.

Neighbors in the Perry St./Long Branch neighborhood voiced several concerns to First Coast News about the lack of water and fire hydrants in the area.

Some neighbors believed the second home could have been saved had there been more water readily available.

FCN took those questions to JFRD. A spokesperson for the department said there was no water shortage, adding each engine carries over 400 gallons of water.

The American Red Cross is assisting with both displaced families.

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