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Evacuation order lifted after massive pallet company fire in Haines City

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) -- An evacuation order has been lifted in Haines City after a raging fire at a pallet company.

The fire, located at Monison Pallets on US Highway 17/92, broke out around 2:30 Wednesday morning.

It shut down US 17/92 in both directions. Hundreds of homes were ordered to evacuate, but county officials lifted the evacuation order just before 8:30 a.m.

All but one lane has since re-opened.

Fire officials tell News Channel 8 that one firefighter hurt his leg while battling the blaze. He was taken to the hospital and should be okay.

"It was terrible," neighbor Brianna Studimire said. "Like the fire was terrible."

Studimire warned neighbors to get out of their homes after heat from the intense flakes woke her up.

"You could feel it inside my house," she said.

Fire crews tell us they're worried flying embers could cause brush fires nearby, so they plan to remain on scene all day.

The investigation into a cause continues.

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