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Chimney may be to blame for fire at large North Hall home
Man, elderly parents escaped; damage estimated at $150,000
Fire caused $150,000 in damage Monday night to this North Hall home. There was fire damage in the attic and water damage throughout the structure.

Hall County fire officials spent Tuesday trying to determine what caused a Monday night fire that forced a man and his elderly parents to flee a North Hall County home.

“Everything points to … it had something to do with the chimney, but (officials) haven’t made a final determination on that,” Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black said.

Firefighters responded to the 5700 block of Hubert Stephens Road when the man called 911 reporting fire at the 3,500-square-foot house, which sits west of Wahoo Creek.

There was heavy fire in the attic area when firefighters arrived, but all occupants were already outside, according to an early Tuesday press release from Hall County Fire Services.

The fire department said it took firefighters more than an hour to get the fire under control. There was some $150,000 in fire damage in the attic and water damage throughout the structure.

The house’s setback off Hubert Stephens Road posed a challenge for firefighters.

“Getting a (steady) water supply took them a little while because of all the hose they had to lay,” Black said.

Connie Battle, who lives across the road from the property, said fire engines kept racing to the scene Monday night.

“There would be a whole bunch of sirens, then they’d stop for a little bit and then there’d be a whole bunch more,” she said. “I figured it had to be a pretty big fire. … I’m just glad nobody was hurt.”