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Seffner, Florida -- One eastbound lane is now open as well as all westbound lanes of I-4 at mile marker 9. They were closed earlier due to a semi on fire.

Initially the 2006 Freightliner tanker truck experienced an engine failure which resulted in a fire. The driver, Clay Rollins, steered the truck to the shoulder of the roadway and immediately exited the vehicle, escaping injury.

The tanker was transporting a load of citrus extract referred to as Orange Essence which was not affected by the fire.

Two schools, Burnett Middle and Brandon Alternative, were initially planning to evacuate to a nearby high school due to the smokey residue from the fire, but it was decided to keep the children indoors.

10 News will continue to update this story.

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