FHP: Jacksonville man, 52, dies after Ponte Vedra Beach crash

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A 52-year-old Jacksonville man has died following a single-vehicle crash in Ponte Vedra Beach Tuesday evening, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the victim as David Thomas, 52, of Jacksonville.

The accident happened just after 10 p.m. on State Road A1A at Guana River Road.

According to the FHP, a Ford SUV was traveling south on A1A when it veered off the roadway to the right and crashed into palmetto bushes on the shoulder.

The driver, troopers said, was transported to Baptist Medical Center Beaches where he died due to reasons under investigation.

Stay with First Coast News for updates in this developing story.

Red Cross helping Ponte Vedra Beach family displaced by fire

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- One family was displaced by a fire that ripped through their Ponte Vedra Beach apartment Wednesday night, authorities said.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue rushed to the scene on Ponte Vedra Court about 9:30 p.m. where firefighters were able to contain a rapidly spreading fire to a single unit of a four-unit apartment building.

While the two-story apartment sustained significant damage, the neighboring three units were not damaged in the fire, firefighters said.

No one was hurt.

A county fire inspector is investigating the cause.

The American Red Cross is helping two residents displaced by the fire.

Report: Engineer spent just 26 seconds investigating smoke at Ponte Vedra condo

ID=31272437PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- St. Johns County Fire Rescue has fired one of its emergency dispatchers and a firefighter has resigned in the wake of an internal investigation fueled by a fire that ripped through a Ponte Vedra condo complex.

The July 13 fire, which destroyed at least 20 units and caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage, came under scrutiny following the release of a series of 911 calls, including one made more than an hour before crews responded.

Fire in Nocatee area endangers homes

NOCATEE, Fla. -- At least six acres burned in a brush fire Monday. The Forest Service says the fire threatened homes at one point.

"It's really scary," said Maureen Chen. She lives just feet from where firefighters with St. Johns County and the Forest Service were working.

"It's really scary to think that we could wake up in the middle of the night and have a fire in the backyard of our house," she said.

Neighbors say lightning started the fire, and within hours, flames were towering above homes.

"20 to 25 feet over the roof line," said Chris Nelson.

First responders were able to contain the fire before any homes were impacted. However, with no rain on the way and more storms in the forecast, Chen says she's hoping their home survives the fire season.

"It is devastating, kind of heartbreaking to see," Chen said.

Forest Service: Brush fire briefly threatens Nocatee homes

ID=29132353PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The Florida Forest Service and St. Johns County Fire Rescue were called to the scene of a brush fire threatening some homes in Nocatee Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The agencies were called to the fire, located near Palm Island Way, about 2 p.m., a spokesperson for the Forest Service told First Coast News. The fire has since been contained, but briefly threatened two homes nearby, spokesperson Greg Dunn said.

It burned about six acres, authorities said.

SJCSO: 4-year-old boy shot in stomach in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A 4-year-old boy was shot in the stomach on Sunday afternoon at a house on the 3800 block of Osprey Circle in St. Augustine.


Captain Andrew O'Quinn with St. John's County Fire Rescue said the boy had "critical wounds" but he was listed in "stable condition".

St. John's County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene of the shooting around 4:30 p.m. SJCSO PIO Kevin Kelshaw called the shooting an accident. He said they are not releasing how the shooting happened or who pulled the trigger yet because they want to collect all the evidence to make sure the story they've been told lines up with their findings.

Smoke spotted at Ponte Vedra assisted living center

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Multiple fire crews are at the scene of a possible structure fire at an assisted living facility in Ponte Vedra Beach, authorities said.

According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue, crews were called to the facility in the 1000 block of Vicar's Landing Way at some point Tuesday afternoon after smoke was spotted coming from the roof. Firefighters are still trying to find the source of the smoke, Lt. Jeremy Robshaw told First Coast News.

Firefighters evacuated the facility, which is under construction, according to SJCFR. There were no injuries reported, but two workers were taken to Baptist Beaches for evaluation. No flames were found.

Smoke spotted coming from the roof was found in the attic and ventilated out.

Traffic delays are expected in the area.