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Vacant house fires investigated in Palmetto

PALMETTO — Fire officials today said they are investigating two early morning blazes at vacant Palmetto homes.

The most recent fire took place just before 3:30 a.m. at a vacant one story home at 605 Seventh Ave. W., said North River Fire District investigator Rusty Tona. No one was injured during the blaze that reportedly destroyed the home.

“I do believe that structure is a total loss,” Tona said, who added that he did not have an exact monetary damage amount.

Fire officials also are investigating the cause of another fire on the same block that took place just over a week ago. That blaze occurred on March 15 at a vacant home at 518 Seventh Ave. W.

“So far they are not ruled arson, although it certainly seems coincidental,” said Palmetto City Police Lt. Scott Tyler. “We don’t want to jump to any conclusions but we are certainly anxious to find out.”

Anyone with information on either blaze is asked to call North River Fire District at (941) 721-6700.