Polk County fire kicks up enormous plumes of dark smoke

Crews remain on scene, putting out hot spots


BARTOW, Fla. – Several homes and businesses were in danger Sunday after a brush fire started to spread quickly in Polk County, officials said.

The blaze started just after 12:40 p.m. at 1712 Dawn Heights Drive, in Lakeland, according to a news release from Polk County Fire Rescue.

The incident was reported as an out-of-control brush fire. Officials were worried homes and businesses in the area would be destroyed.

Pipes in a grassy area at Wolseley Industrial Group caught fire, which caused enormous plumes of dark smoke to fill the sky, officials said.

No homes were destroyed.

The Lakeland Fire Department and the Florida Forest Service were called in. Most of the fire was extinguished by 3:30 p.m., but at last check, several hot spots remained.

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