UPDATE (3:30 p.m.) | Crews are clearing out now according to Haines City Fire Department. The lane that was closed is reopening. Close to a million gallons of water were used on this fire.
One firefighter reportedly hurt his leg, and possibly his knee. He went to the hospital and was released. A police officer will come out every hour or so to make sure there aren't any flare ups or people on the property who shouldn't be.
The property has been returned to the owner, who can be back open tomorrow using the portion that wasn't destroyed.
Dozens of families in Polk County were evacuated early Wednesday due to a nearby fire at a pallet plant in Haines City.
Haines City Fire Department is on the scene at Monison Pallets, located at 3100 US Highway 17.
The call came in just before 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19.
— Sgt. Steve Gaskins (@SteveG717) April 19, 2017
A Haines City Firefighter was hurt while running a hose to the fire. His injuries are minor.
Just before 8 a.m., the evacuation order was lifted.
Polk County school district says the closure of the road delayed some students from being picked up for school. The bus routes were affected due to the fire. Officials opened the roadway just after 9 a.m. Once the road was safe for travel, Polk County buses picked up students at their bus stops who had not yet been transported to their schools.
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