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Grass fire threatens Dougherty homes

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email
November 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -      A huge grass fire this afternoon threatened several homes in Southwest Dougherty County, but none was damaged.

Huge plumes of smoke and flames could be seen for miles in the area along the two thousand block of Lilly Pond Road, about one half mile from Newton Road.

Firefighters say a controlled burn that got out of control started the blaze, that high winds quickly spread across dozens of acres.

Claude Morgan's house was threatened, as firefighters and Georgia Forestry Commission tractors made fire breaks to head off the flames.

Claude Morgan said  "I lost a boat over there. I don't know what all back in there. I had a bunch of equipment lined up back there behind the old trailer."

Within the last hour firefighters were still working to put out the grass fire. No charges have been filed in the blaze yet.

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