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Early fire gives way to a quiet Thanksgiving
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An early fire was the exception to an otherwise quiet Thanksgiving in Hall County.

A passer-by reported a fire at Simpson Grading on Candler Road at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle.

Hall County firefighters found a maintenance vehicle on fire next to a building. The Gainesville Fire Department also assisted on the call.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the vehicle, and the building had only exterior smoke damage.

The fire remains under investigation with no foul play suspected. Damage was estimated at $15,000, Cagle said.

Otherwise, law enforcement and public safety units around Hall County reported a quiet holiday.

Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, Gainesville Police Department public information officer, said “We dealt with little issues” and described the day as “slower than normal.”

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Flowery Branch Dispatch also reported a quiet day.

“When the phone rang, I thought that was going to be my first call,” said Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon, after answering a reporter’s phone call.

Other than the Simpson Grading fire, it had been a “very quiet day” for Hall County Emergency Services, Cagle said.

Jerome Yarbrough, Gainesville’s interim fire chief, also said that beside that fire “It’s been pretty quiet.

“A guy had a chance to enjoy Thanksgiving,” Yarbrough said, although he acknowledged he was keeping his fingers crossed for the rest of the evening to remain as calm.

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