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Fire at Mandarin apartment complex

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in Mandarin.

The fire broke out at the Fountain Gate apartment complex in the 9300 block of Craven Road around 2:30 a.m. and was contained to a clubhouse on the property, according to JFRD.

The fire appeared to be coming from the roof of the building and is believed to have been electrical, however a cause is still under investigation.

No one was inside the building and no one was injured

Athlete of the Week: Mandarin's Rijad Kobiljar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mandarin High School senior soccer player Rijad Kobiljar is our athlete of the week.

He was nominated by his teammate and long-time friend Aldin Coralic.  When asked why he thought Kobiljar deserves this award, Coralic cited his work ethic and willingness to help teammates on and off the field.

Kobiljar is a four-year starter for the Mustangs, and he's earned an athletic scholarship to play soccer at Jacksonville University.

If you'd like to nominate a local high school athlete for our athlete of the week award, please fill out the form located at this link:  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/highschool/athleteoftheweek/default.aspx

FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

Top 5 hottest jobs and how you can land one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you looking for work? If you are, keep the following story handy.

Like many people, 37-year-old Ty Harris of Jacksonville, has been looking for work.

"Off an on for about a year," Harris explained.

He's been doing freelance work in client and project management, but is looking for something more permanent, which is why he came to a job fair Monday.

He said the job market is tough, which makes it harder to help his family of two children.

"I've gotten a lot of 'You're over qualified,'" Harris said of his year-long job search.

FCN's David Williams asked Harris "What if we told you, we know what the top 5 most in-demand jobs are in Jacksonville?"

To that, Harris responded "I would be impressed and I would inquire what would that be?"

Police responding to a reported death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office received reports of a death in Bartram Park Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators responded to a home in the 12700 block of Bartram Park Boulevard in the Williams Walk condominiums.

JSO is scheduled to provide new details on scene at 2 p.m.

First Coast News has a crew on scene and will update as we learn more.

Mayor, officials' London trip costs taxpayers nearly $20,000 so far

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A First Coast News investigation shows the City of Jacksonville has spent nearly $20,000 on a week-long trip to Europe.

The investigation has also revealed that the cost will go up even higher once receipts from the trip are processed.

Right now, Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council President Bill Gulliford and Economic Development Chief Ted Carter are in London, England.

They are spending the week attending business meetings set up in part by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The game plan is to try and bring new, international business to the River City.

First Coast News has confirmed there are more than 20 different companies the city is meeting with. One of them is Deutsche Bank.

Leaders will also be attending the Jaguars game in London against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

First Coast News obtained multiple pages of travel documents from the city to conduct its investigation.

Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA.