VIDEO: The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said crews responded about 2:45 p.m. to the fire at the home on Melson Avenue at Commonwealth Avenue, just east of Edgewood Avenue.
“I started up a car that hasn’t been started in 15 years in the garage and it caught fire," homeowner Ralph Alvarez said.
Alvarez said he then turned off the car. He admitted there was a lot of smoke inside, but he said he believes firefighters caused more damage to his house than the actual fire when they arrived on the scene to put out the blaze.
But the battalion chief said his crews did everything by the book to safely keep the home from going up in flames.
The battalion chief said there was so much smoke coming out of the house that his crews had to go in through the front door of the home to prevent flames in the attic from spreading.