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Fire Ravages Oconee Workshop, Sets Off Small Propane Tank Explosions

The fire on a Parker Creek Road property spread into the woods but firefighters were able to protect a nearby house, authorities report.

No one was injured when a workshop located at 1280 Parker Creek Road caught fire shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday.

According to , by the time the first rescue truck arrived on the scene, the workshop was fully engulfed and there were "multiple small propane tank explosions."

Thirty-three firefighters and first responders were called to the scene with three engines, five tankers, three rescue trucks, a command vehicle, National EMS, and members of the Georgia Forestry Commission, he said.

Tankers shuttled numerous loads of water from nearest fire hydrant, Thaxton explained. Firefighters extinguished the workshop blaze and put out one-fifth of an acre of woods fire, all the while protecting a nearby home, he said.  They were on the scene for about three hours.

Thaxton said the cause of the fire is unknown.

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