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Grass fire on Jackson Hill

January 10, 2017--3:17 p.m.

Staff reports

The Rome Visitor Center and the attached red caboose did not sustain any serious damage during a grass fire on Jackson Hill Tuesday.

According to Rome Fire Department Battalion Chief Danny Lee, the call came at around 2 p.m.

“One of the city crews was working on the traffic area and they were using some equipment, I believe, that required the heating of the roadway,” he said. “The grass on the edge of the roadway apparently caught fire and it ran up the hill with the windy conditions.”

Firefighters got the blaze under control before it did too much damage.

“Mostly, it was just the grass around the caboose and a couple of heating and air units that got damage,” he said. “Also a little bit of the siding on the building, but that’s about it.”

The visitor center and Last Stop Gift Shop are housed in a historic 1901 train depot.