Firefighters say fire lines save homes in Plant City

Posted at 11:30 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 23:30:00-04

Firefighters will be back out to the location where a brush fire started in Plant City on Saturday.

The fire started, Friday afternoon, near Bob Smith Road. The fire spread to 41 acres. Firefighters quickly cut fire lines to stop the flames from spreading to people’s homes. Firefighters said it was windy, which made it tricky and the dry conditions made it tough too. 

“There’s been no rain this year so it’s been really dry and…and when I heard about this, you know, like you’ve been kind of waiting like it’s only a matter of time,” Jon Crowell said.

Crowell lives nearby and drove closer to the location where the fire started to make sure it wasn’t too close to his home.

“We try to keep our property as wet as possible, but yeah you can see how dry it is and some places you walk you can hear the crunch you know it’s really dry,” Crowell said.

Families said they are relieved homes weren’t damaged.

“I don’t like it. This is the second fire that’s been kind of close so it just makes me think I need to pack my stuff up and go like live under the water or something because I don’t want anything to happen to my dogs,” Cindy Demoranville said.

Demoranville said she cannot wait until it rains.

“It’s definitely alarming. I mean I love living out here, but at this point it’s very scary because the past couple of years its been raining, raining, raining,” Demoranville said.

Firefighters have not determined the cause of the brush fire.