BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A structure fire at a popular Georgia vacation spot left a downtown area engulfed in flames.
The Fannin County Emergency Management Agency confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that buildings in downtown Blue Ridge were burning and civilian access was temporarily closed to allow firefighters access.
A county spokesman said the fire broke out at Danielle’s Cafe in downtown Blue Ridge around 1:40 p.m
“Please avoid the city center. Law enforcement is currently working to keep onlookers away from the hot zone and keep roads open for security forces,” officials said after the fire was mostly contained.
Two hours later and with the deployment of six fire engines, a ladder company and over 40 employees, the fire was under control, according to officials.
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Multiple firefighters were on scene to contain the flames as several buildings on the block were involved.
“Firefighters were able to save three businesses and three homes that were directly exposed to the initial fire,” said a Fannin County EMA spokesperson.
Officials said other Union County fire units helped put out the fires.
A photo provided to Channel 2 Action News showed heavy smoke and large flames rising from a downtown building.
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