Colony fire ruled “Suspicious,” investigation closed

A fire on the top floor of the mid-rise building at the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Saturday, Sept. 22, will not be further investigated and has been ruled “suspicious” by the Longboat Police Department.

Police Chief Pete Cumming said he believes either it was intentionally set or workers cutting wires in the demolition process accidentally ignited some paper or combustible.

The building is condemned and their will not be a Fire Marshall investigation said Cumming. He added that the police made sure along with the Fire Department that there were no victims or anyone present.

Longboat Key and Sarasota Firefighters responded to a 2:30 p.m. call and the event closed Gulf of Mexico Drive for about an hour due to the need to access a hydrant on the east side of the road for suppression.

The former resort and its buildings, located at 1620 GMD, were condemned by the Town and the property is currently being demolished to make way for a St. Regis Resort and residences.

Unicorp, which is the developer of the property, is performing the Town-mandated demolition work.


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