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Suspect detained after several brush fires started in Venice

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Sep 03, 2023

VENICE, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating several brush fires at Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday.

The fires closed the beach for a period of time Sunday evening.

As of 8:30 p.m., all the fires were out or considered under control, including one at the Venetian Waterway Trail near MarineMax. None of the blazes were near Sharky's or Venice Fishing Pier according to the City of Venice X, formally Twitter, account.

However, the city said those areas are being closely monitored

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the fires may have been intentionally set and that they have one suspect detained at this time.

Sarasota County Fire Department, Venice Police Department, Nokomis Fire, and the Florida Forest Service assisted with the fires.