- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a brush fire in Florida had melted a light pole before it fell on a road and backed up traffic for roughly an hour.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports the fire had sent the pole crashing onto a Lakeland street Wednesday afternoon.

The state Highway Patrol and the city’s fire and police departments were called out to the blaze. They found roughly a half-dozen palm trees fully engulfed in flames. Embers were also igniting trees nearby.

Police Officer Will Long says it looked like the fire started when someone flicked a lit cigarette out of their vehicle.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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