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Firefighters searching for victims after nightlong battle with fire at Athens lumber yard


By Joe Johnson

Firefighters Monday morning reportedly remained at the scene of a massive lumber yard fire that they spent the night bringing under control.

It was the second fire since Dec. 10 at Hogan Lumber Company at 325 Tallassee Road.

Police and fire investigators were at the scene to try and determine the cause of the inferno.

According to Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services, firefighters were dispatched to the lumber yard at 7:51 p.m. Sunday, and upon arrival they found that a metal-framed structure was fully involved in fire.


Firefighters prepared for a defensive operation using large hose lines on the ground and an elevated stream from an aerial ladder truck, the ACCFES said in a Monday morning news release.

“Due to the heavy fire conditions, crews were unable to enter most areas of the structure to perform a search for possible victims,” the release said. “Concerns beyond the structure involved were the possibility of fire spreading through the woods and into nearby residential areas.”


According to the news release, as of 10 a.m. Monday, fire crews were still working with the county public works employees, who were using heavy equipment to move debris to allow firefighters to search the structure for possible victims and extinguish all fires.

Fire investigators and police are also at the scene to determine the possible cause and origin.



On Dec. 10, firefighters responded to a blaze that destroyed a different building at the lumber yard.

Although a cause for both lumber yard fires have not yet been determined, ACCFES Battalion Chief Nate Moss noted after the Dec. 10 incident that homeless people had been living on the property.

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