JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville firefighters quickly put out a fire in a work building behind a house on Ladiga Street in Jacksonville shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured, police said.
Michael Brodgon, who rents the house near the corner of Ladiga and Eighth Avenue, said he was using welding equipment in the work shed when a fire started. He said he went for a water hose and heard explosions.
“Flames burst, and then I ran,” Brodgon said
Jacksonville firefighters quickly put out a fire in a work building behind a house on Ladiga Street in Jacksonville shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured, police said.
Michael Brodgon lives here on Ladiga Street. Says he was welding in the outbuilding when fire started. Went for water hoses. Then heard explosions. pic.twitter.com/eF80vNCmSZ— Tim Lockette (@TLockette_Star) August 12, 2018
Neighbors, too, reported they heard explosions and called 911.
A thick column of black smoke rose from the scene just before dusk, drawing curious neighbors up and down Ladiga out of their homes.
Jacksonville firefighters were on the scene in minutes, and doused the fire shortly after that.
Boys on bicycles and men on foot got as close as they dared, at the intersection of Ladiga and Eighth, and asked each other what had happened.
Several loud booms and this big column of smoke in Jacksonville, beginning less than 10 minutes ago. Seen here from Ladiga Street SE. pic.twitter.com/gwFa3s1IBT— Ben Cunningham (@Cunningham_Star) August 12, 2018
Jacksonville police Cpl. Strawder, who was keeping onlookers away on Ladiga Street, said there were no injuries.
“You could see it from the south end of town,” he said of the smoke.
Managing Editor Ben Cunningham contributed reporting.