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Riverdale brush fire still under investigation

Investigators in the Clayton County Fire Department's Fire Marshall's Office are still looking into the cause of a weekend brush fire that destroyed 20 salvage cars, and a nearby home, a fire department spokesman said on Monday.

Battallion Chief Landry Merkison, a spokesman for the fire department, said the fire began Saturday afternoon in a 20-acre, dried-up kudzu patch behind Freedom Used Auto Sales, at the corner of Tara Boulevard and Valley Hill Road. It quickly got to the salvage cars, which were located at Freedom Used Auto Sales.

The wind then carried the fire in the opposite direction, toward a large open field, and the home, which was located off of Fielding Circle, according to Merkison. There was a man and his wife living in the house, but no one was home at the time of the fire, he said. The battallion chief added that the fire was called in around 3:30 p.m.

"If it hadn't gotten to the house by then, it was right at the back door," Merkison said.

Investigators have still not determined the cause of the fire, Merkison said. He added that anyone who has information on the fire, can call the Clayton County Fire Department Headquarters at (770) 473-7333, and ask to speak with someone in the Fire Marshall's Office.

-- Curt Yeomans