West Georgia's 'Dirt Mall' hit by fire

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) – Fire has destroyed much of a popular flea market in west Georgia. Flames raced through the West Georgia Flea Market in Carroll County early Sunday. Many vendors lost everything, but County Fire Chief Tim Dyer says crews managed to save about 80 percent of the market. People from west Georgia and eastern Alabama have been visiting the market for years. To many it's known as the "Dirt Mall" for its open-air stalls. Vendor Joe George tells WSB-TV that he and a partner ran a record store in the market, but they lost everything.
The county fire chief says motorists saw flames in the early morning hours and notified authorities. The blaze shut down a highway and kept fire crews busy for hours. © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More Local

Teenager arrested for bomb threat at NGHS

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17-year-old Brandon Dale Hammond for Wednesday’s bomb threat at Northgate High Schoo ... Read More


‘First Love’ getaway contest

Jackon’s high school ride part of museum exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s special exhibition, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, has been extended ... Read More


Major changes proposed for Xpress Bus routes

Major changes are being proposed to the routes that the Xpress Bus service takes through downtown Atlanta, and bus riders have until Feb. 16 ... Read More


‘Flies at the Well’ to be staged in Michigan

“Flies at the Well,” Jeff Bishop’s play about the 1948 John Wallace murder case, is to be staged in April in Michigan. Joa ... Read More


UPDATE: 20-year-old no longer missing

UPDATE: Ryan White has made contact with his family and is safe, according to Investigator Donnie Payne with the Coweta County Sheriff's Off ... Read More

Mayor's Luncheon

Ga. State professor shares insights on economy

The days of using unemployment rates as an indicator of good economic health are long gone, according to Rajeev Dhawan, director and profess ... Read More