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Lee County vacant house burns

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 25, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -   Lee County Firefighters are still not sure what caused the blaze that destroyed a vacant farm house Tuesday afternoon.

The fire destroyed the vacant home on the Leslie Highway about ten miles east of Leesburg. Neighbors spotted flames shooting from the structure about noon.

Firefighters say the danger of wildfire on the windy afternoon made them decide to let the structure burn, while they worked to prevent it from spreading.

Lee County Fire Department Lt. Bobby Spencer said  "With the humidity like it is, and the grass dying off, it was a big danger."

The Georgia Forestry Commission also kept a close eye on the fire, which they successfully kept under control. Firefighters say they still have not determined the cause of the fire, but the house was vacant and had no electricity, so they suspect it was arson.

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