Monday, June 11, 2007

Large Fires Erupt In Port LaBelle

Storm Ignites Brush, Contributes to Vehicle Crashes

LABELLE, FL. - Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of the Port LaBelle Middle School as large brush fires were erupting through the area, probably caused by lightning as a storm passed north over the area around 5 p.m.

The LaBelle Fire Department ordered in assistance from over a dozen units from the Department of Forestry, Pioneer, Montura, Clewiston and Glades county, all staging at the LaBelle Middle School. Meanwhile other emergency units were called at the same time for traffic accidents in Hendry county on the north side of the river including a roll-over accident. And at least one injury was reported in a crash between a motorcyclist and vehicle.

An hour later another roll-over accident was reported in front of the Christian School on Cowboy Way after heavy rains charged through the LaBelle area. A male victim reported back injuries as a result of the crash.

At about 7 p.m. most of the fire units were cleared from the Port LaBelle area as the heavy rains made the scattered fires less dangerous.

Photo: Clewiston Fire Department Brush Truck And Firemen Waiting For Orders

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