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Tattnall County, Georgia

Fire destroys processing plant for Vidalia onions

An overnight fire in Tattnall County has destroyed one farm’s processing plant for Vidalia onions. Firefighters got to Dry Branch Farm just before 3 a.m. to find flames already lighting up the dark sky. The fire burned the conveyor belts and equipment they used to sort and grade onions.

Crews from across Tattnall County and surrounding fire departments came to try and put out the fire but also keep it away from a warehouse that holds tons of onions waiting to be boxed and shipped.

Walt Rogers with Tattnall County Fire: “We concentrated our efforts on saving the building behind me. It contains a good bit of the processed onions.”

Rogers says they would have likely finished all their onions by next week. Now, they must decide how they’ll rebuild before next Spring.


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