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Grass fire shuts down busy Tifton highway

April 12, 2007

Tifton-A windswept grass fire spread quickly in Tifton Thursday evening.

It caused problems for firefighters and forced the closure of a busy highway.

Part of Highway 41 South in Tifton was shut down for several hours as firefighters battled the wildfire.

It started around 4 PM on Bermuda Street and spread to Highland Street and Highway 41.

The fire came close to several businesses including the Dixie Food Store, Max Auto Sales, and Tifton Cycle.

Fortunately, no businesses sustained any damage.

Tifton firefighters arrived first and called for help.

Seven fire stations from all over the county responded to put out the fire.

"Reporter: How big was the fire? It was probably covering four acres at the time and then it got further and further away," says Lt. Paul Fortson with the Tifton Fire Department.

It took firefighters about three hours to get the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were no injuries.



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