Bradenton firefighters battle house fire

BRADENTON — City of Bradenton Fire Rescue has estinguished a single-family home fire at 1923 Manatee Ave. W. tonight.

The house is abandoned and no one was in the building at the time, said Battalion Chief Dave Foxall, the incident commander.

“This fire is suspicious and under investigation,” Foxall said.

The fire started in the rear of the house and worked its way into the attic. The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene around 6:20 p.m.

Five units from the city of Bradenton Fire Rescue were involved including 11 firefighters and one investigator.

Manatee Avenue West was closed from 19th Street West to 22nd Street West but is now reopened.