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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

An illegal burn that got out of control destroyed a mobile home on Dykes Road in Worth County Monday afternoon.

Property owner Lewis Hillard said he was burning cricket boxes. He went into his house to get something to drink. When he came back out, the fire had spread to the trailer he was using for storage. Hillard was cited for an unlawful burn.

Chief Ranger Lester Green Forestry rangers said it's a dangerous time for burning. "Just let people know that it is getting drier and things burn a whole lot easier, quicker and faster when it dries out, so be careful when you burn."

In May, state and local authorities seized 53 dogs from the property. They accused Hillard of running a puppy mill and charged him with animal cruelty.

Most of those dogs found new homes, though 18 were euthanized.

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