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Sheriff's Officer Reports Smoke Coming from Commercial Building in Cedar Hammock

By WILLIE CIRONE, Senior Correspondent | July 13, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 071320118

Cedar Hammock, FL - Just as shift change was occurring on July 13th, a Manatee County Sheriff's Officer reported smoke coming from the rear of Aarons Furniture & Electronics on 2114 Cortez Road West.

As units arrived on scene nothing was showing from the "A" side of the building, but units on the "C" side reported black smoke. A second-alarm was struck.

As crews made entry they were met with thick black smoke and heat, but the fire was not visible. Soon after, firefighters found the fire in a rear storage area and quickly knocked it down.

It appears the fire may have been burning for a while, and may have been held in check with a broken water pipe.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.