Correction: No Buildings Damaged in Otto Blaze
The May 26 issue of The Macon County News mistakenly reported that a building had been destroyed in the vicinity of a debris fire which broke out on Hwy. 441 South in the Otto community on Wednesday afternoon.
Smoke from the fire was visible from miles away, but the blaze remained contained to a small area and did not reach any of the structures of nearby businesses, including the Archery Barn and the Carolina Wood Pellet Plant off Riverside Drive.
According to David Key of Macon County Emergency Services, some construction materials on the property were consumed in the blaze, and one firefighter suffered a minor injury, but no other serious damages or injuries were reported.
Otto Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by Clarks Chapel Fire Department, Valley Fire Department of Dillard, Ga., and the Clayton Fire Department. The North Carolina Forest Service also assisted, using a bulldozer to help keep the fire from spreading to a pile of sawdust.
Firefighters remained on the scene until after 9 p.m. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Photo by Vickie Carpenter