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Tuesday May 31st, 2016 4:00PM

Investigators looking for cause of Gillsville house fire

By B.J. Williams and Derreck Booth
GILLSVILLE - Hall County fire investigators Tuesday morning were expected to continue interviews in the search for the cause of a Gillsville-area house fire Monday evening.

Fire Chief David Kimbrell said the call in the 3200 block of LaPrad Circle came around 6:30 p.m. A observant neighbor made the initial call, according to Kimbrell.

"The home was an occupied home, and we believe at the time of the fire the occupants possibly were at work," Kimbrell said.

The raging blaze spewed smoke, visible as far away as the downtown Gainesville area.

A portion of the roof on the 2500 square foot house collapsed, but no one was injured. Kimbrell said that collapse resulted in extended on-scene time for firefighters doing overhaul.

"Which is basically putting out the hot spots and seeing if there's anything that can be salvaged," Kimbrell said.

He said there was a language barrier with the interviews Monday night. Investigators hoped to gain more answers Tuesday. For now, the cause is undetermined.

"It is a little bit suspicious because we've not been able to identify a cause, but the fire investigator will continue that investigation," Kimbrell said.
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