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Centerville crews put out fire at Houston County Galleria

The mall was evacuated and everybody appears to be safe.

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Houston County Galleria reopened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after a fire that closed its doors to customers.

Earlier in the day, Centerville Fire crews put out the flames, which apparently started on the roof of the former Sears building.

Mall general manager Aimee Awonohopay says the mall was evacuated and everybody appears to be safe. The fire started around 9:30 a.m.

Centerville Police say the fire may have started due to construction work.

“I don't know exactly what kind of work they were doing, but from what I understand speaking with the fire department guys, there was a work crew up there working… doing some welding or something like that and it caught fire on them,” said Lt. Wayne Hubbard.

The mall manager says the former Sears building is being renovated to make way for a new tenant.

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