East Manatee house damaged in fire

MANATEE -- Fire officials were investigating the cause of a blaze that caused extensive damage to an East Manatee house Thursday evening. No one was injured in the blaze.

About 8:13 p.m., Southern Manatee Fire Rescue responded to the fire in the 3600 block of 76th Terrace East, in the Trails subdivision, and found an active fire in the master bedroom, a closet and in the attic, according to a news release from the department.

Officials reported that there was "substantial heat and smoke damage throughout the structure," but that all occupants were able to leave the house safely.