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Hahira-- A suspicious fire destroys an old South Georgia school. The fire ripped through the old Hahira Middle School this weekend.

When firefighters arrived they saw flames shooting through the roof, and now only the exterior walls of the vacant school remain today. Investigators believe the fire started in the auditorium and spread quickly.

The Lowndes County Board of Education still owns the 70 year old building, which has been vacant for three years.

"With an old structure like this, with no modern fire walls in it to stop the flames spread. The flames spread quicker than we could act on it," said Hahira Fire Chief Dwight Bennett.

It took four hours and more than 70 fire fighters from Hahira, Valdosta and Lowndes County Fire Rescue to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

posted at 11:15AM by dave.miller@walb.com