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Greenway fire making neighbors sick

Posted at 12:14 AM, Mar 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 10:32:02-04

NAPLES, Fla., --  The Greenway fire is still burning. Officials say on Twitter its covered 3,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. Residents in the nearby area say even if the fire hasn't hit their homes, it's starting to make them sick. 

“Especially my neighbor she has an asthma problem and she had to go to hospital four times," explained Dorrel Hutchins, who lives near Greenway Road. 

Hutchins says for the past week she has been trying to keep her family inside as much as possible because of the amount of smoke in the air. Those driving down 1-75 could see the smoke from the fire. 

"When you come outside it’s like your coughing and then all of sudden and all the cars were filled with ashes from the smoke," said Hutchins. 

45-year fire veteran, John McMahon, says brush fires become more difficult to contain when weather gets in the way. 

“Mother nature is in control if it’s 40 mile an hour winds, it’s going to make that fire very difficult.”

Fox 4 reached out to the fire department and the Florida Forestry for comment on how the fires were started adn what is being done to contain them, but were unable to get ahold of anyone. 

Greater Naples Fire Department did release this statement on Twitter: 

"Firefighters continue to battle the Greenway fire now working through the Sabal Palm area. One occupied RV/home was lost. Several other structures were saved. Further fire progression this evening is expected to move slowly to the NE with no homes in direct pathway."

Fox 4 will keep you posted both on-air and online with all the latest details.