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Date of Issue: March 01, 2007

Westbay Point fire still under investigation

The investigation into the cause of the Feb. 15 fire that damaged a condominium at Westbay Point & Moorings in Holmes Beach remains open.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damages to condo unit 242 on the ground floor of a six-condo building at 6200 Flotilla Drive. No injuries were reported.

The fire broke out at about 6 p.m. in the home of Jane B. Smith. Smith, a son and two children evacuated as 22 firefighters rushed to the scene. Occupants in the other condominiums also evacuated.

Kurt Lathrop, a deputy fire marshal with West Manatee Fire Rescue, said the investigation remains open pending additional interviews with the homeowner.

Both Smith and her son told The Islander they had no idea how the fire had started.