Fire at Marco Island shopping center causes extensive damage in stores
Marco Island firefighters responded to a fire at Marco Town Center on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The cause of the fire is unknown. Video is courtesy of Marco Island Fire-Rescue
A fire caused an estimated half-million dollars in damage at the Marco Town Center on Wednesday night.
Chris Crossan, Marco Island Fire-Rescue division chief, said the department received a report of a fire at Marco Town Center Dry Cleaners about 9 p.m.
"When we arrived there was heavy smoke coming out of the dry cleaners, and smoke was pushing out of the eaves of the entire building," Crossan said.
Due to the extent of the smoke, firefighters called for help from the Greater Naples and Naples fire departments. It took about an hour and 15 minutes for the crews to extinguish the flames and clear the shopping center of smoke.
"Fortunately, we were able to contain the fire to the dry cleaners, but there was heavy smoke damage in all the clothing stores in the facility," Crossan said.
Those stores include Sandpiper Clothiers and Beachworks. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt also had smoke damage.
There were no injuries, Crossan said, although one shop employee reportedly was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. Crossan said the investigation of the fire was ongoing and that the damage will be assessed at $500,000 or more.