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Overnight fire destroys Lakeland business

Posted at 3:56 AM, Jul 10, 2017

Polk County Fire Rescue is investigating a fire that damaged a Lakeland business early Monday morning.

Just after 12:30 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a fire at Precision Wallboard, located at 3066 Winter Lake Road. Crews found heavy smoke coming from the building.

Due to the size of the building, firefighters quickly called for a second alarm and requested assistance from Lakeland.

Shortly after firefighters arrived on scene, flames began showing from the building. Active electrical arcing and transformer explosions made firefighting efforts difficult and crews had to pull back until Lakeland Electric could cut power.

Crew were able to extinguish the fire was by 3:30 a.m.

The building appears to be a total loss with a warehouse, offices and boat located inside destroyed.

Firefighters report the fire appears to have started in the upper portion of the building and made its way down.

Officials with the Bureau of Arson and Fire Investigation are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.