Authorities on Monday had not determined what caused a Sunday fire that displaced a young family from their North Hall home, but they did rule it an accident.
Hall County Fire Services spent Monday working to determine the source of the blaze in the 4400 block of Whitmire Circle off Cleveland Highway.
Fire gutted the home occupied by a 23-year-old man and 25-year-old woman and their 4-month-old child. No one was injured, fire officials said.
“They have family in the area and will be staying with them,” spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett said Sunday.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the 1,400-square-foot home engulfed.
Passerby Kayla Blankenship said Monday she was headed to a relative’s home nearby when she saw smoke rising from the area.
“As I pulled up, there were neighbors outside,” she said. “We asked if everyone was OK. They responded ... they weren't sure if the couple and their new baby were home or not, and that their family dog was inside.”
Blankenship said her boyfriend, Valentin Nava, “went to get the dog and to check if anyone was inside.”
“Hearing the dog cry from the street was sad,” she said.
Only the dog was in the home, Blankenship said.
The fire also caused minor damage to a neighboring home.