Though it’s still unclear what sparked the fire, Bradenton firefighters battled a small blaze in a portion of a building that was being renovated Tuesday.
Crews were called to 1830 59th St. W., a strip mall-type building near Blake Medical Center, early Tuesday morning after a caller reported smoke coming from the building. A line of firetrucks soon filled the access street between the building and the hospital.
City of Bradenton Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Trompke said when crews arrived at 7:26 a.m., they couldn’t see any flames right away, but there was a small fire and a considerable amount of smoke in the area of the south side of the building. The fire was contained to the small section of the building and was out at 7:39 a.m.
Crews stayed behind to check for smoke outside the empty Nicki’s West 59th location for more than an hour. Firefighters also pulled down portions of the building’s covered walkway roof and worked to ventilate the surrounding businesses, Trompke said.
An inspector was called to the scene. The cause of the fire was undetermined as of Tuesday morning and remains under investigation.
Trompke said the portion of the building where crews were working was currently undergoing renovations and no one was inside at the time. No firefighters were injured responding to the call.
Tom Howze, one of the property owners, said he was told there were issues with the wiring in the soffit, or the ceiling of the outside of the building.