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Structure fires also plague Long County
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Linda Futch's storage trailer also burned Sunday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Two Long County houses were destroyed in separate blazes Sunday night — neither related to the wildfire that consumed an estimated 1,600 acres, authorities said.
The Ludowici/Long Fire Department was battling the forest fire when they got a call at about 10:30 p.m. reporting a house fire on Highway 301, Fire Chief Darrell Balance said.
“The call came in, and when units got there it was fully engulfed. It was an older wood home, and there was nothing that could be done. It was lost,” he said.
Firefighters fought the blaze for about three hours.
Ballance said the fire appeared to have started in a fireplace.
No other information about the fire was provided.
Second call
As firefighters were leaving the scene, they received a report of a mobile home fire in Ludowici.
When units arrived at 17-A Macon St., they found a mobile home engulfed in flames.  
Although the firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, the structure and its contents appeared to have been destroyed.
“The trailer had no electricity or gas, and it was being used strictly for a storage shed,” Ballance said.
The owner of the mobile home, Linda Futch, said “There were three families who had stuff stored in there, memories that can’t be replaced are gone.”
Ballance said firefighters and police remained at the scene until about 6 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Ballance said investigators are looking into the possibility the blaze was a result of arson.
No injuries were reported in connection with either of the incidents.
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