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Christmas Day house fire deemed $125K total loss
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Hall County Fire Services’ investigators are working today to find the cause of a Christmas morning fire at a vacant North Hall home.

Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the $125,000 two-story home in the 6100 block of Grant Ford Road was a complete loss. The fire is suspicious, he said, because the home had no power and 911 callers reported a vehicle leaving the property.

“We did have several callers at the time of the fire that were calling into 911 saying that a house was on fire, but one of the callers did describe a white Ford Ranger (pickup) seen leaving the driveway right before the fire was discovered,” Cagle said.

The white truck was described as an early 2000s model with tools and a green ladder in the back.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is joining the fire department in locating the truck, Cagle said.

“We don’t know if they had a reason to be there, so we’re trying to keep an open mind, but of course it’s still suspicious just because it had been vacant for quite some time — per the neighbors — and had no power,” he said.

The owner, Cagle said, was listed as Elizabeth Miller, who has an Alabama address.

Investigators Friday were unable to walk in the remains of the structure, Cagle said, because of certain unsafe parts in the floor. No preliminary cause is listed at this time.

“They were able to take some samples, and we’re going to send those off to the lab,” Cagle said.

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