Quick actions by a roofing crew helped save the lives of six dogs and potentially saving a home from significant fire damage. Roofers noticed smoke coming from the chimney of a house located in the 1100 block of Palma Sola Boulevard, Friday, May 17th. By the time the roofers got to the house, smoke was billowing from the eaves. West Manatee Fire & Rescue “B” shift, along with Bradenton Fire Department and Manatee County EMS, responded to the structure fire. The first arriving unit found heavy smoke conditions all sides of the structure. Crews made a quick interior attack, putting out the fire within minutes.
The residents were not home at the time of the fire, but six dogs inside the home had to be rescued. One dog suffered severe smoke inhalation and was treated on the scene by firefighters and transported to a local veterinarian by Manatee County Animal Services. According to Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Davis, the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area. The cause remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
In all, 16 firefighters battled the blaze. Estimated damage to the house and contents is approximately $120,000. No firefighters were injured.