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Brush fire near apartment complex in Lehigh Acres

Posted at 10:58 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 06:53:31-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Pieces of ash and smoke filled the sky after a brush fire this afternoon in Lehigh Acres.

Lehigh Fire Control & Rescue District responded to a five-acre brush fire near the Heron Pond apartment complex off Village Lakes Blvd.

Kimberly Murray, who lives at the apartment complex, says this isn’t the first brush fire there, but one of the largest.

“We’ve never seen one this bad,” said Murray.

She says neighbors were covering their faces to block the smoke.

“It’s pretty scary because not only that, but there are a lot of people that live here that have very bad breathing problems,” she said. “So they’re struggling… they’re wearing masks right now. The smoke is so dense, and it keeps flaring up.”

Kelly Russell works as the district manager for Storage Rentals of America, saying the proximity of the business and the fire made her feel uneasy.

“Seemingly it’s under control… but who knows,” Russell said. “Our business is right across the road from this… and being a storage company, it’s our concern that our customers are well protected.”

Lehigh Fire Control & Rescue District says the fire is contained and is still investigating the cause.