Port Manatee sulfur fire sends 5 to hospital

- Five people were taken to the hospital in relation to a sulfur fire at Port Manatee Wednesday night.

Officials closed the port and some surrounding roadways due to the fire - which is the second one there this month.

Port officials say firefighters are working to extinguish the fire but it could take up to six hours. Haz-mat crews are on site, as well.  

The Manatee County Sheriff"s Office said U.S. 41 was closed between County Line Road and Moccasin Wallow Road, near the Hillsborough County line. As of 10 p.m., the sheriff said the roadway would be closed until at least 2 a.m. Thursday.

Officials say smoke from the fire is going toward an unpopulated area. They ask everyone to stay clear of the area. 

Stay with FOX 13 News for updates on this developing story.

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