Fire Destroys Jacksonville Family Home

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, July 16 2013 at 2:34 PM, Updated: Tue, July 16 2013 at 2:53 PM

Three homes are damaged and one is destroyed after a fire tears through a Jacksonville home, taking the family dog with it and leaving the homeowners with a major loss.

The fire was initially reported as a smoke investigation called in by some neighbors who woke to loud popping noises. Firefighters soon learned the devastation, they were about to confront.

Fifty-foot flames were reportedly seen nearly two miles away.
 While the flames grew, the fire spread, igniting massive trees in the semi-rural neighborhood just outside of the historic downtown.

The resident's made it out of the home in time, but they're still missing two cats. Below is a description.


Long-hair calico

Goes by "leek-leek" (sp) named kahlekilia (sp)

and an orange tabby named Sammy. The golden retriever who died was named Billy.

Talking with family or friends of the three homes that were damaged or lost, none took my offer for public support. As fire investigators continue to search for a cause, insurance companies and set to inspect and assess the damages.

 

 

 

 

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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