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4-Acre Blaze Contained in Woods Near Mandarin High School
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4-Acre Blaze Contained in Woods Near Mandarin High School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the third time in recent days, a fire has broken out near Mandarin High School.

Today's fire, which was contained in three hours, broke out in a wooded area behind the school and burned about 4 acres around 11 a.m., said Division of Forestry spokesperson Annaleasa Winter.

The 4-acre fire flared up in a swampy, wooded area about a half-mile from the school between the school grounds and Interstate 295, she said.

DOF created fire lines and ensured the had not spread. She added that it was quickly contained and did no damage to school property. The cause is unclear.

The fire never posed a threat to the school, said John Bracy, spokesman for Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, which aslo responded.

Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, someone intentionally set a fire in a prop storage area of the auditorium inside the school, causing minimal damage. No suspects have been identified. A $200 reward has been offered for information on the crime.

On March 3, another fire that appeared intentional broke out in a tool shed by the school's football stadium, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Two students were arrested on arson charges in connection with that fire.

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