Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fires at Adjacent Buildings Spark Curiosity

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fires at Adjacent Buildings Spark Curiosity

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: There were two small office buildings at 3434 Atlantic Blvd., adjacent to Fire Station 12. The first one burned two years ago, and I think the second one burned last year. I was curious because it seemed a little odd that they burned so close together. I just wondered if the cause was known.

R.P., Jacksonville

Dear R.P.: The first fire in February 2013 destroyed an office building fronting Atlantic Boulevard in St. Nicholas. The second fire was in January of this year and destroyed the building in back of it. The fires, both late at night and about two years apart, caused temporary road closures while firefighters doused the flames.

The first fire was ruled accidental, said Kayla Anderson, spokeswoman for the state Fire Marshal's Office. Cause of the second fire is believed to be arson, Anderson said. Meanwhile, that case remains open. The office has an arson hot line number at (877) NOARSON (662-7766).

A permit was issued to rebuild the 5,200-square-foot office building that burned in 2013 at a cost of $400,000, according to city records. The back building also is being demolished. If more details become available, we'll provide that information.

Dear Call Box: My wife, a non-smoker, was an invalid for several years due to lung cancer and several other debilitating health issues. She passed away recently. As a consequence, I now have a really large supply of usable medically related items and clean unused personal care items. They include wheelchairs, walkers, canes, virtually new oxygen concentrators and supplies and bedside commodes. I would very much like to give these to an agency who can redirect them to people in need, but I don't know where or how to start. They are all packed up and ready to go.

B.D., Jacksonville

Dear B. …

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