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Wildfire threatens homes and church

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COOK COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

A wildfire forced officials to evacuate four homes and shut down one road for a couple of hours Tuesday evening in Cook County. No one was hurt, and no homes were damaged.

It started on Mitchell Street a couple of miles west of Adel. A landowner had a permit to burn trash. About 5:30, the wind picked up and blew the flames out of control.

A viewer, Tara Costigan, sent us video that shows flames shooting 25 to 50 feet into the air and coming dangerously close to the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall.

Forty-eight firefighters from all six Cook County volunteer fire departments rushed to save the church and homes in the area. They tell us the fire got right up to the parking lot of Kingdom Hall, but no buildings were damaged.

The fire destroyed about 25 acres of planted pines and jumped Sparks Cutoff Road which officials closed. Firefighters were able to put out the fire that crossed the road and protect another 900 acres of pine trees.

Georgia Forestry Commission Rangers and County Road Department workers plowed firebreaks.

They battled the fire for about three hours.

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