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DCES responds to mobile home fire on Hwy. 53
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Dawson County Emergency Services responded to a structure fire on Hwy. 53 East near Hightower Parkway on March 31. - Photo courtesy of Dawson County Emergency Services

Dawson County fire units responded to a structure fire on Hwy. 53 East, near Hightower Parkway, Sunday afternoon that caused significant traffic delays as personnel worked to extinguish the fire.

Dawson County Emergency Services received reports of a mobile home fire at 12:26 p.m. on March 31.

According to a press release from Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson, Engine 2 arrived on scene at 12:29 p.m. with heavy smoke and flames showing from a single wide mobile home at 5858 Hwy. 53.

When crews arrived, the mobile home was more than 75 percent involved and crews worked in a defensive mode of operation to contain the fire, according to Thompson.

The fire was declared under control at 12:57 p.m. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots.

All occupants had exited the structure, with two occupants sustaining injuries. They were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The mobile home was searched for any additional victims or animals at which time crews discovered two deceased canines and felines.

The fire is currently being investigated by the Dawson County Fire Marshal’s office. The cause is undetermined, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature.