WMFR, HBPD decline 
Galati fire investigation

Neither West Manatee Fire Rescue nor the Holmes Beach Police Department are investigating the cause of a June 1 fire that burned portions of the home of Chris and Kellie Galati.

WMFR and HBPD received an alert in the early afternoon June 1 about a loud noise and smoke at the home, 628 Hampshire Lane.

According to WMFR Marshal Jim Davis, the fire burned through portions of the garage and roof and sent smoke through the ventilation system for the home, causing about $300,000 in damages.

No injuries were reported.

The apparent cause — a dud bottle rocket — will not be investigated.

Bottle rockets — along with any fireworks that shoot up, explode or propel themselves — are illegal for personal use in Manatee County.

Chris Galati Jr., son of the Galatis, reported to HBPD that he attempted to set off a bottle rocket earlier that day. He said when it failed to ignite, he left it behind in the garage and went out on a boat.

Both Davis and HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian Hall confirmed they closed their investigation on the fire.

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