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Neighbors react to I-75 fire

Posted: 11:37 PM, Mar 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-26 10:31:00-04

neighbors living near the MW Horticulture Recycling Facility were still shaken up by the fire that occurred the previous night. Even as fire crews finished treating the remainder of the smoldering debris, people living in the houses nearby worried that they would not be as lucky if something like this happened again. 

Saturday's fire began just after five 'o' clock in the afternoon and burned well into the night. a total of five acres were affected. Bayshore Fire Chief Larry Nisbet says they are still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

"I saw the flames shooting up, taller than what's standing behind me", said Joyce Damron.

Damron has lived in the area for years. Most recently debris from the hurricane has begun to pile up in her backyard. She says it's gotten so bad that it's toppled over her fence. As the dry season approached, she worried that a fire like the one that occurred on Saturday would destroy her property. 

"We're scared to even go to bed at night 'cause we're afraid we'll get on fire and won't even know it and it will burn everything up around here". 

Damron is not the only person who is concerned about the debris. Kevin Padilla lives a few doors down and says he feels the same. He is lived in the area all his life and says he is never seen the mulch piles get as high as they are now. 

"It's 300 feet from my home. It goes right up to the back of my property. If it caught on fire and got away, I'd be toast, that'd be the end of it," he told Four in Your Corner.

He, like other neighbors, hope that the debris will m=be moved before another fire has a chance to endanger their homes.