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4 counties battle blaze at Dahlonega Rite-Aid

POSTED: March 2, 2009 11:47 p.m.

Hall County Fire Services was one of four agencies that helped the Lumpkin County fire department battle a blaze Monday at the Rite-Aid in Dahlonega.

The store sustained significant damage and could be closed for some time, according to one fire official.

Firefighters from Forsyth County, Cleveland and White County also helped Lumpkin, a department made up of paid employees and volunteers, extinguish the fire at 566 E. Main St. in Dahlonega through a mutual aid agreement.

Although people reportedly were shopping in the store when the fire broke out, no one was injured in the blaze, according to Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.

Forsyth County Fire Department Capt. Jason Chivers said at 6:20 p.m. Monday that a "heavy fire with a heavy, heavy black smoke" had engulfed the Rite-Aid, located across Ga. 60 from Wal-Mart in Dahlonega.

Details were scant on the fire Monday night, and neither Kimbrell nor Chivers could say what caused it. Chivers could only say the damage from the fire was "significant" and the inside of the building suffered significant damages.

"Obviously, they’re not going to be open for a while now," Chivers said.

The state fire marshal’s office will investigate the cause of the fire.

Lumpkin County fire officials could not be reached Monday night.



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