Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fire Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fire Notebook

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MAN CHARGED IN FIRE

St. Johns County police charged David Lambert, 26, with a

misdemeanor count of unlawful burning of land yesterday

afternoon.

Police responding to a small fire in the 2400 block of Joe

Ashton Road off Florida 208 found Lambert in the area. The

blaze, burning in a wooded area, was quickly extinguished by

firefighters.

Lambert is being held without bond pending an arraignment

today.

HIGH RATING

Asked how they would rate the job performance of the

Jacksonville fire department fighting the recent wildfires, an

overwhelming 97.4 percent of registered voters polled in Duval

County said they have a favorable impression.

Nearly 83 percent said firefighters did an excellent job, while

14.5 percent rated their performance as good. Only 1.1 percent

had a negative impression of firefighters efforts, including .03

percent who said they did a fair job and .08 percent who said

their efforts were poor. Another 1.4 percent offered no opinion.

American Public Dialogue questioned 621 Duval County registered

voters June 26 to July 1 in a poll commissioned by the local

Republican Party. The poll has a margin of error of 4.1

percentage points.

GIFT OVERFLOW

Todd and Kirstin Binkley, who lost everything in the fire, may

not have such a sparse first wedding anniversary Sunday after

all.

People like James and Amanda Matti of Jacksonville want to

help.

"We got married May 9 and we have a lot of extra stuff we were

going to return for cash," James Matti said Tuesday.

But the couple empathized with the Binkleys, featured in a

Times-Union story Tuesday about Flagler County fire damage. The

Mattis want to offer their extra wedding gifts to the couple.

The Times-Union received several other calls offering assistance

to the Binkleys. …

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