GAINESVILLE - Hall County firefighters battled a Saturday morning fire in the 2900 block of Manor Ridge Road in the western part of the county.
Fire Marshall Scott Cagle said that neighbors called 911 around 11:20 after seeing smoke coming from the basement.
When emergency crews arrived they reported that heavy smoke was coming from the basement area.
"Firefighters did have to make forceable entry into the residence and quickly knocked down the fire, keeping it contained to the basement," Cagle said.
However, he added, "I do believe that the house is unlivable."
"No one was at home at the time of the fire," Cagle said.
"It appeared to have started in the basement area near a couch. We will try and focus on that...and try to determine a cause."
No injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation.