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Posted: April 4, 2011 5:42 a.m.

Flea market burns

JEFFERSON, Ga. - A huge north Georgia flea market went up in flames after an early morning blaze, destroying a large swath of the business that touts itself as the largest flea market in the state.

Jackson County Emergency Director Steve Nichols said the blaze that burned from Saturday night into Sunday morning destroyed a wing of the Pendergrass Flea Market. No one was injured.

The fire department was alerted to the blaze when someone driving by the site around 11:30 p.m. Saturday saw flamed coming from the top of the building.

Jefferson police officers and Jackson County volunteer firefighters responded and remained on the scene to fight off hot spots.

Nichols said fire doors inside the building kept the blaze from spreading throughout more parts of the 250,000-square-foot building. He said between 25,000 to 50,000 square feet were completely destroyed.

The blaze decimated a wing that housed dry goods vendors.

The flea market's owners closed the building on Sunday but plan to reopen the undamaged portion next weekend.

 

 

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