Fire Rips Fla. Industrial Park, Destroys 8 Trucks


Orange County firefighters battled a raging fire that burned through an industrial park near Taft Wednesday night.

The fire sparked in a storage lot near Taft Vineland Road where people pay to keep their tractor trailers. Late Wednesday night at least 8 trucks and a building had been destroyed by massive flames. No homes were threatened.

It took a couple of hours for firefighters to get the flames under control. Firefighters told WFTV a semi tractor trailer caught fire in the lot off Thorpe Road and the blaze spread to about 7 others.

"It actually looked like something blew up," said Teroy Sanchez an eyewitness.

People who keep their trucks in the lot watched firefighters battle the flames. Thick black smoke poured into nearby neighborhoods.

We talked to one truck owner whose truck was spared but he had friends who were not so lucky.

"The smoke was very intense," said truck owner Luis Candelaria. "I've got a couple of friends that lost their stuff."

Another problem firefighters faced Wednesday night was that there wasn't a close water source. Firefighters had to truck water in and stretch hoses down the road.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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