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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.


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