Two St. Johns County (FL) Fire Employees Placed on Leave Due to Fire Response

One day after a massive fire destroyed 20 condominiums in Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County Fire-Rescue officials placed two employees on administrative leave after an investigation of initial response to reports of smoke in the area, reports

No one was seriously hurt Monday, but 30 people living in one building of the Belleza Condominiums were forced to find other places to stay.

While the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, a review of the initial 911 calls reporting smoke in area promoted the suspensions.

A woman who lived in the complex on Timberwalk Court in Ponte Vedra Beach called 911 three times. She told News4Jax on Monday that she was concerned her calls weren’t taken seriously.

The Fire Department told News4Jax that firefighters were dispatched to the complex after the first call, but found no fire. Shortly before 5 a.m., firefighters returned to find intense flames and smoke coming from Building 100.

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