San Carlos fire issues ‘stop work order’ for MW Horticulture in south Fort Myers

Reporter: Breana Ross Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Smoke can be seen in the distance at the south Fort Myers property of MW Horticulture Recycling near the scene of a fire on Michael G. Rippe Parkway Sunday, April 12, 2020. Credit: WINK News.

UPDATE: The San Carlos Park Fire District issued a “stop work order” on Monday to MW Horticulture Recycling following the Sunday fire.

The order has been issued for all incoming debris and products but does not prevent the processing, shipping or selling of products currently on site.

The order will remain in effect until the site is brought into fire code compliance and there is no active smoldering or fire on site.

San Carlos Park Fire Department and South Trail Fire District crews responded to a fire on Michael G. Rippe Parkway that began at MW Horticulture in south Fort Myers on Sunday.

SCPFD said the fire burned about 15 acres and the scene cleared by 7:35 p.m.

The fire originated at MW Horticulture Recycling off Old US 41, where workers were putting out a fire within a pile when embers escaped and landed in a nearby field. The fire then jumped Michael G. Rippe Pkwy.

According to SCPFD, two homes off Green Avenue Lane were in danger at one point, but crews were able to “knock the fire down” there. Crews members monitored that spot to keep the area safe.

Firefighters will be monitoring the area for hot spots on Monday.

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