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Trio of fires in Limestone; home gutted
Blazes erupt within hour's time

By Holly Hollman

ATHENS — It seemed as if the county were burning up Thursday as firefighters battled three blazes that erupted within an hour.

A passer-by noticed the first fire, a mobile home, in the Piney Chapel community at 3 p.m.

That fire destroyed the home, two out buildings and two to three surrounding acres, said Oak Grove-Thach firefighter Darrell Blankenship.

Blankenship said no one was home at the time and the fire marshal's office is investigating.

While Piney Chapel and Oak Grove-Thach firefighters fought that fire northeast of Athens, a brush fire broke out on U.S. 72 in the Coxey community west of Athens.

Clements and Owens fire departments responded.

An Owens firefighter said that fire was south of U.S. 72 and east of Davis Road. The fire did not damage any structures, but firefighters still were on the scene at about 5:30 p.m.

In the meantime, a second brush fire broke out, this time in the Oak Grove-Thach community on Traci Lynn Drive, taxing the manpower of a department already assisting in the mobile home blaze.

Blankenship said the brush fire erupted behind Andrews Cabinets, where people were burning debris from the store.

The store burned in November.

Oak Grove-Thach asked for help from the Ardmore and Elkmont fire departments.

The fire burned 12 to 14 acres of fields and woods.

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