Scores of Central Florida’s courageous firefighters took on a massive fire covering several acres blazing near the Walt Disney World Resort.
Fox35 reported earlier this week,
More than 70 firefighters responded to a raging fire at a nursery in Kissimmee, Florida, on Thursday morning where nearly five acres of plastic planters caught fire, sending plumes of smoke into the air.
Those plumes of hazardous smoke were spotted miles away, including at The Walt Disney World Resort, which reportedly sits just over a dozen miles away from the disaster site.
Disney property is about 13 miles away from the fire
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A total of 75 firefighters and 21 vehicles from Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS took on the fire at Nursery Supplies, Inc., and worked alongside Hazmat and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in monitoring the air quality.
“These pots are burning into soot, just carbon, and carbon monoxide, a small amount that dissipates in the air, carbon dioxide and water. Nothing exotic. No cyanide, like you can get in some fires, no exotic chemicals like you can get in some fires,” said Dr. Todd Husty, a public health official.
The first responders received the call about the fire at around 2 a.m. Thursday, February 16. They fought blaze for 13 hours, finally getting it contained just before 5 p.m. that afternoon. Florida’s State Fire Marshall was on the scene conducting an investigation, and Deputy Chief Jon Haskett added that it was likely a propane tank explosion.
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No injuries were reported, and the exact cause of the fire is still unknown.
It should be noted that while Central Florida is home to a growing urban sprawl that includes the Orlando Metro Area and the Walt Disney World Resort, a significant amount of the Sunshine State’s interior is still devoted to agricultural industries and manufacturing. Industrial accidents like the one shared here can happen, and Florida’s first responders stand ready to contain any disasters as soon as possible.
There was no word from The Walt Disney World Resort on the matter, suggesting the The Most Magical Place On Earth found no cause for alarm, even with the smoke trail spreading overhead.