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Officials investigating 2 recent arsons in Bradenton

MANATEE -- Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating two arson fires set in a week’s time in Bradenton.

A single story, vacant house in the 6900 block of Tamiami Trail was set ablaze about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Three fire engines, one battalion chief and an ambulance responded to the scene.

Smoke and flames were coming from the rear and east sides of the unoccupied home. The fire was under control at 8:51 p.m. No injuries were reported to responders or civilians. The house, valued at $25,000, sustained $15,000 in damage, according to Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue.

Anyone with information on the incident or who spotted suspicious circumstances in the area is asked to call the state fire marshal's office at 813-972-8631.

Agencies responded to another fire Sept. 7 at a vacant storage building in the 5500 block of 14th Street West, behind Value Pawn.

Four Cedar Hammock fire engines, a battalion chief, a Southern Manatee Fire Rescue ladder truck and an ambulance responded to the scene minutes after 11:50 p.m.

The fire vented through the roof of the structure and took about 30 minutes to control.

No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $25,000 and the building was considered a complete loss, according to Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state’s arson tip line at 1-877-NoArson (6627766). Those providing information leading to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue and State Fire Marshal investigators determined both fires to be caused by arson. Investigations are ongoing.

Officials would not confirm if the incidents are related.

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