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Firefighter suffers medical issue battling Big Canoe blaze
Flames contained to detached garage
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A Dawson County firefighter reportedly was taken to the hospital for a medical issue that developed while fighting a fire in Big Canoe Saturday morning.

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said the man, whose name has not been released, "is recovering."

He did not elaborate on the medical issue that led to his hospitalization, other than to say he was not injured in the fire.

"He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center," he said.

Personnel from Dawson and Pickens counties, along with Big Canoe's fire service, responded to the 10:30 a.m. fire on Woody Poppy Way in the Wildcat neighborhood, where flames were visible on the second floor of a detached garage.

"The fire was in a bonus room above the garage," Swafford said.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the detached building.

The main home, a 4,000 square foot wood structure, was not damaged.

"The homeowner was home at the time and all the occupants were able to escape without injury," Swafford said.

The fire remains under investigation, though Swafford said the blaze was not considered suspicious.