Fire crews monitor hot spots after massive 5-alarm fire in Bradenton

Posted at 5:14 AM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 07:45:31-04

Fire crews in Bradenton are spending Friday morning monitoring hot spots following a massive warehouse fire that broke out on Thursday afternoon.

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Firefighters concerned for public safety due to the toxic materials inside. The fire sparked in the area of 44th Ave E and 9th street E.

The fire marshal is still working on a cause for the 5-alarm fire. Early information ABC Action News got from witnesses on scene points to an employee in the warehouse working on a car.

The concern for firefighters was the toxic materials inside, including tires.

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Calvin Perry, the owner of nearby business Blue Grass industries described for ABC Action News the moments the fire sparked.

"Oh, the smoke was terrible. I mean the smoke went up 100-150 feet to start. After that it blacked out the whole skyline from our view from the shop," said Perry.

At least one person was hurt in the fire.