MANATEE — There was a boom at 4:59 p.m. Monday followed by a single 20-foot plume of flame.
Three minutes later, a convoy of fire engines and rescue vehicles roared into Lloyd’s Mobile Park at 1419 26th Ave. W.
Firefighters from Cedar Hammock and Bradenton fire departments quickly extinguished a fire that left vacant mobile home No. 5 in the densely-occupied park a total $3,000 loss.
“I’m most proud the home that was two feet away next door sustained no damage,” Cedar Hammock Battalion Chief Al Lobeto said of the aggressive work of his 12 firefighters and four from Bradenton.
There were no civilian or fire personnel injuries and no other property was damaged.
The family in the house next door to the charred home ran outside immediately and was safe, Lobeto said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, Lobeto added.
Jeanie Mann was sipping a mocha frappuccino on her porch a block from Lloyd’s Park when the incident began.
“I heard a boom and saw red flames as high as those palm fronds,” Mann said pointing about 20 feet up. “It freaked me out because there are a lot of families in Lloyd’s all piled in like sardines.”
There are 62 homes in the park, said park assistant Allen Albanesi.