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Date of Issue: January 12, 2006

Fire judged intentionally set in Bradenton Beach

An evening fire in Bradenton Beach Dec. 22 has been classed by firefighters as arson.

West Manatee Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop said the blaze was a “set, intentional fire and is under investigation.” The fire was in a duplex at 100 Seventh St. S.

Lathrop said damage estimates were placed at $10,000, but smoke damage could cause the final total to be much higher.

No one was present in the rental duplex when the fire started, and no one was hurt. The fire began in a downstairs unit and the upstairs apartment sustained smoke damage.

Lathrop said the duplex owner is Ryan Snyder.

Lathrop added that the fire did not appear to be related to five other suspicious fires that were set on Thanksgiving morning in Bradenton Beach and Cortez.