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Worth Co. Fire officials investigate suspicious blaze

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WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

An investigation is underway in Worth County to determine how a fire was sparked overnight inside a shed and apartment on Johnny Aultman road.

Flames lit up the night sky late Thursday night. An apartment and shed were burning while owner Vickie Johnson was unaware while watching TV in her home next door. Finally she was alerted by a knock on the door.

"I heard my dog barking and after that I heard a four wheeler, putt putt putt. And I heard another loud boom. I got a knock on the front door and it was my neighbor telling me that the shop was on fire and the apartment was on fire," said Vickie Johnson, owner.

Firefighters soon arrived and began a lengthy battle to put out the flames. Five hours later and the fire was under control.

"It took many, many gallons of water. It was a very, very hot fire. Firefighters did a great job extinguishing it for what it was," said Captain John Graddy, Worth County Fire.

The apartment and shed are a total loss. What is left is now taped off as the investigation begins.

"It's very unstable, it looks like the structure could fall at anytime, so we have taped it off and we have deemed it unsafe to enter," said Graddy.

Johnson believes she knows how the fire started, but right now she is focused on the future.

"I have some good church friends and they're going to help me," said Johnson. "With the help of the Lord, everything is going to be alright. "

WALB will reach out to fire officials to get more details to figure out how the fire started. We will continue to follow this story throughout day to bring you the latest.

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