Two women have been displaced following a fire at their Palmetto home, according to North River Fire District officials.
At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Manatee County Emergency Communication Center says it received a 911 call reporting a house fire in the 200 block of 30th Street East in Palmetto. The caller reported smoke billowing from the home where two elderly women lived.
Three engines and 12 members of the North River Fire District responded to the fire, according to Battalion Chief Ken Cluley. When firefighters arrived, they were confronted by heavy smoke and heat, but the fire was contained to a bedroom.
It took about 20 to 25 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Cluley said.
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The fire caused significant smoke, heat and water damage to the home, forcing power to be shut off for safety reasons.
The Red Cross was called out to the home to assist the displaced women. There were no injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.