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Equipment catches fire, damages Athens Street business
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No one was injured when equipment being repaired caught fire Monday and damaged an Athens Street business in Gainesville, according to Hall County Fire Services.

Investigation found the fire started about 1:37 p.m. on a piece of heavy equipment called a skidder and extended to the Smith & Turner Equipment Inc. building in the 1900 block of Athens Street, fire department spokesman Scott Cagle said. The skidder was in an area where an independent contractor was making repairs and had just finished welding.

The fire appeared to be accidental in nature and is being turned over to the insurance companies, Cagle said.

Damage to the building was $75,000 to $100,000, and the skidder was valued at $50,000, he said.

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