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An overnight fire in Bradenton kills family pet, residents displaced

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North River and Southern Manatee firefighters got some real world training by using the old student center building at Southeastern Guide Dogs. Bradenton Herald Mark Young

Bradenton firefighters responded to an overnight fire at the Springs at Palma Sola apartment complex where three families were displaced and one family’s pet was killed.

According to a press release issued by the Bradenton Fire Department, multiple units responded to the complex at 9:34 p.m. Thursday in response to a residential fire alarm.

Responding units immediately noticed smoke pouring from one of the units and additional units were called.

Eight fire trucks from BFD and two from Cedar Hammock Fire District, totaling 23 firefighters and command units, as well as EMS personnel were on scene to get the fire under control, limiting damage to the interior of the units.

Firefighters were initially able to rescue a family’s pet dog, but despite efforts to revive the pet, it succumbed to smoke inhalation.

No other injuries were reported.

The State Fire Marshal and BFD are investigating the cause.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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