By Jeff Bobo
ROGERSVILLE — Firefighters from several departments as well as the state Forestry Division were attempting to prevent a forest fire on and around Short Mountain west of Rogersville from reaching several Hawkins County residences.
No structures had been damaged as of Sunday evening, although the fire — described as about 200 acres in size on Saturday — had increased to about 1,800 acres as of late Sunday night, according to authorities.
Saturday night, however, firefighters had to be pulled from the front lines to rescue about 40 dogs and chickens in what is believed to be a dog-fighting and cock-fighting operation discovered by firefighters on Tater Hill Road off of Highway 11-W.
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