WILDWOOD – A local boat factory caught fire Wednesday evening just before 7:00 pm in Wildwood.
According to Wildwood Police Deputy Chief Valentino, emergency responders were dispatched to Crevalle Boats located at 1520 Industrial Drive in Wildwood behind Russell Stover Candies at 6:47 pm in response to a fire alarm.
When officers arrived on the scene, the fire alarm was active and the officers observed black smoke coming from the roof of the building. Valentino stated that a preliminary search of the building revealed that no vehicles were present at the time and that all entrances to the building were locked and secured.
Sumter County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and was able to gain entry to the building by breaching one of the doors in order to extinguish the flames.
Firefighters worked tirelessly to contain the blaze which was extinguished at approximately 8:13 pm.
According to Valentino, the fire department’s command staff informed Wildwood Police that they believed the fire began on a shelf that contained various chemicals. The fire command staff also reported that the flames were mostly contained by the building’s fire sprinkler system and that there did not seem to be any suspicious activity that would have resulted in the fire.
After the flames were extinguished, firefighters secured the building and ventilated the remaining smoke.
A restoration company was scheduled to come and assess the damage caused by the blaze.
No firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident.