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Cars, structures but not house destroyed in fire
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Firefighters from three departments battled a blaze Wednesday afternoon that threatened a north Effingham County home.

Firefighters from Effingham County Fire and Rescue and the Springfield and Rincon departments were called out to a home on Arnsdorff Loop around 4 p.m. Wednesday and worked to control the blaze for nearly three hours, said Effingham Fire Lt. Walter Wright. The fire burned about three-quarters of an acre and also destroyed five vehicles and two small structures on the property.

“It was a pretty good bit of fire,” Wright said.

But their was no damage to the residence, he said.

One of the buildings that burned was storage for tools and the second building may have been storing dog food and items for the owner’s hunting dogs, Wright added.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were concerned about liquid propane tanks on the property and about the vehicles.

“We did not know what condition they were in, if they were operable or not,” Wright said of the vehicles, noting the fluids and any gas in them might burst into flame. “They could be volatile.”

Firefighters had to secure the propane tanks, cooling them first before attempting to move them away from the fire, Wright said.

“We try to cool them down first,” he said. “Once we get them cooled down, we move them.”

Georgia Forestry Commission fire investigators are looking into what started the fire, Wright said.