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No one hurt, 2 dogs saved in mobile home fire Friday in Manatee County

MANATEE -- Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 1:35 p.m. Friday at 1106 49th Ave. W. in Fairlane Mobile Home Park.

Three fire engines, battalion chief and a inspector responded from Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue with one ambulance from Manatee County, the state fire marshal and Manatee sheriff's deputies.

MSO called the fire in and evacuated all surrounding residences from their homes prior to Cedar Hammock's arrival. Fire and EMS units arrived within four minutes after receiving the initial call from the emergency operations center and found a fully involved mobile home with one exposure on fire.

A thorough search found no one inside. The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes.

There were no reported injuries.

Two dogs were saved from the fire, according to one witness.

Ailen Garcia, 27, Bradenton, said she and a friend were driving down 14th Street West when they saw a big cloud of black smoke in the air at a mobile home park near the intersection of 49th Avenue West. Garcia said she saw two women hugging at

the scene. Garcia was told the fire spread to the home of one of the women.

A neighbor said she and a first responder broke the door of the next-0door home where the fire had spread because she could hear dogs barking inside.

"I myself am an animal lover so I hugged the woman and thanked her for saving those dogs," Garcia said. "I know I would have done the same."

The fire is under investigation. The structure and contents were a total loss.

Damage was also sustained to the exposures carport and vinyl siding to the surrounding homes. Manatee County Building Department also responded and tagged the structure.

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