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12/29/05-Cherokee County

Strong Winds Fuel Massive Grass Fire

Strong winds fueled a massive fire today in Cherokee County. Forty acres of land were burned up. The fire started around 12:00 p.m., at the corner of County Road 855 and County Road 3603. That's on the border of Smith and Cherokee Counties. No homes were destroyed, but the fire came very close to a few. By the time firefighters arrived, an abandoned house was fully engulfed. Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to save it. Down the street, people watched the fire spread through the field and up to some homes. It took five volunteer fire departments and the help of a nearby resident to get the blaze under control. Neighbors say they are glad firefighters were able to put it out before it spread to their homes.

"It was close to my area," said Dennis Crayton III, a nearby resident. "It was kind of scary because I know people have homes around me. I thought it might be one of my neighbors or somebody's home like that, but thank God it was just some vacant house that burned." The cause of the fire at this time is unknown, however, the fire department says it does not believe the fire started because someone was burning outside. They are calling it suspicious activity and are asking the community to look for anything unusual. On Tuesday, Cherokee County went under an emergency burn ban.

Molly Reuter, reporting.

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