Jacksonville fire

Fire burns an outbuilding at a home in Jacksonville Saturday night. No one was injured, police said. (Tim Lockette/The Anniston Star)

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.

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.

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.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.