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Banks County grass, building fire put out
Firefighter sent to hospital but should be fine
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Banks County fire officials are investigating a Sunday afternoon grass fire that resulted in one firefighter being taken to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

The fire spread to a 1,600-square-foot metal structure in the 200 block of Barrett Road, off Old Cornelia Highway.

Fire Chief Jim Fuller said the blaze seems to have been sparked by a fire from a nearby metal container.

A tanker from Homer and firefighters from Hall and Habersham counties also helped put out the fire.

Fuller didn't know the status of the firefighter but said he should be OK and the hospital trip was mainly precautionary. He also didn't have an estimated dollar amount of property damage.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a special warning about fire potential.

"High fire danger conditions are expected this afternoon and early evening for North and east-central Georgia due to low relative humidity," the statement says.

Hall Fire Chief David Kimbrell said he "will possibly stop burn permits if humidity continues to stay low."

The Gainesville Fire Department is not "issuing outdoor burning permits today due to the fire danger and windy conditions," Chief Jon Canada said.