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PALMETTO — Fire crews in Palmetto are investigating a suspicious fire that happened Friday morning at a business on 8th Avenue West.

The blaze began shortly before 8 a.m., at 450 8th Avenue West., in what’s described as a building at an auto business.

Investigators tell SNN that someone entered through the back of the structure and intentionally set the fire. The building is used to store tires and other automotive parts.

Anyone with information on this arson fire can please call the Palmetto Police Department at 941-723-4587 x 6365 or the State Fire Marshall’s Office at 813-972-8643.

Persons with information may also contact the State Arson Tip Line at 877-662-7766 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS.

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Grant Boxleitner
Grant Boxleitner is the SNN evening news anchor. He joined the SNN news team in October 2009 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Boxleitner covered the British tourist murders, a story that made international headlines. He was a member of the SNN reporting team that won a Telly Award for the 10th anniversary 9/11 special about the Suncoast’s connections to the terrorist attacks. He also covered 2012 visits to Sarasota by Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden. Boxleitner was named co-anchor of the SNN Morning Edition in March 2014. He anchored SNN's live 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary coverage and anchored coverage of live speeches from the candidates throughout the campaign. In March 2016, he was named SNN evening news anchor. He hosts the weekly SNN feature segment, "Feel Good Friday." You hear his voice at Ed Smith Stadium as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles spring training games. Boxleitner has been a journalist in Southwest Florida since 1997. He joined WBBH-TV NBC-2 in Fort Myers as a reporter in September 2006, fulfilling a longtime career goal of breaking into television news after beginning his career in newspapers. Boxleitner grew up in Marengo, Ill., and is a U.S. Army veteran, completing a combat mission during Desert Storm. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. During his time in Florida, he completed a master’s degree in media and journalism studies at USF-St. Petersburg. When he’s not on the air, you may find him working out at the YMCA, eating in a Suncoast restaurant or spending time with family and friends.