The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in directing traffic around the fire in the area of Beneva Road south of Bee Ridge. The office advised in a news release that the northbound lanes of Beneva Road would be closed from Wilkinson Road to Bee Ridge Road until further notice.
The fire started around 2 p.m. and has escalated to a four-alarm event, a county news release says. No injuries had been reported was of 4 p.m.
The Red Cross is on the scene to assist displaced homeowners, the county news release says.