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POSTED: October 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Emergency response trucks line the road to the area of the fire.

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LUDOWICI — A fire that started in a mobile home destroyed the residence, and then moved into the surrounding woods this past Friday in Long County.
According to Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Capt. Karl McDonald, his department was dispatched to the fire at the end of Time Saver Road at 12:30 p.m. Four trucks were taken out and the first arrived at 12:45 p.m.
According to McDonald, upon arrival, the home was engulfed in flames. He said firefighters established two attack lines.
The captain said that the fire had already begun to spread through a field behind the home, and was heading in the direction of a second structure to the right of the burning mobile home.
According to McDonald, the firefighters were able to extinguish the mobile home fire at 1:30 and kept the fire from getting to the second structure.  However, flames did make it to the woods.
McDonald contacted the Long County Georgia Forestry Commission, and it sent out a bulldozer. The forestry units arrived at 1:25, as the firefighters were wrapping up the structure fire. 
Chief Ranger Derrick Duncan and Ranger Jesse Williamson then dug a fire break around the burning area. According to Duncan, the foresters had the woods fire under control and were back in service just after 2.
Duncan said 1approximately 1.25 acres were destroyed from the fire.
McDonald said that the fire was called in by a passing motorist. The cause of the fire was undetermined and under investigation.
He also said that upon their arrival no one was in the area, and no one was injured.
McDonald said ten personnel responded from the L/LCFD, and they were assisted by the Glennville Fire Department. Other emergency units at the scene were the Long County Sheriff’s Department, the Georgia State Patrol, and the Long County EMS.

 

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