Smoke from 5-alarm tire fire prompts evacuations in Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) –  Homes, businesses and a pre-school were evacuated on Thursday afternoon after a massive, 5-alarm fire broke out at a warehouse in Bradenton and sent thick, black, toxic smoke into the sky.

Evacuations were issued because the smoke could cause respiratory problems.

The fire broke out shortly after noon at a warehouse located at 1401 44th Avenue East, which is an industrial area.

Tires and other automotive parts caught fire inside the warehouse. The fire created toxic smoke.

One employee and two firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion.

People are asked to avoid the area and stay away from roads near the warehouse.

The Manatee County School District said Samoset Elementary and Southeast High School students who usually walk home from school will need to be picked up at school because of the smoke.

100 firefighters with the Bradenton Fire Department, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue battled the blaze.

The Red Cross has also responded.

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