A vape supply store went up in smoke Tuesday evening after a two-alarm fire broke out. Luckily, help was just across the street.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue officials both reported and responded to the fire at 5209 26th St. W., the headquarters of Lightning Vapes, around 6:50 p.m.
Six Cedar Hammock engines and one ladder truck responded as well as help from Southern Manatee Fire Rescue and the Bradenton Fire Department, according to a release from Cedar Hammock.
Sean Hanson, owner of Lightning Vapes, said he got a call from his alarm company but when he went to check the cameras, they were down. By the time he got to the business, it was smoldering.
“It didn’t look terrible at first. It looked pretty isolated,” he said. “But it didn’t wind up being that isolated.”
No injuries were reported. The estimated damage to the $470,000 building was about $250,000, according to Cedar Hammock. Inside the building were $400,000 worth of contents, of which $50,000 worth were damaged, but Hanson said it could be more.
For now, the business — which ships wire, wicking material and e-liquid around the world — will move its operations into a smaller neighboring building that wasn’t damaged. Hanson said he hopes to have the business up and running again soon.
Cedar Hammock’s Fire Prevention Bureau ruled that the cause of the fire was undetermined.