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Fire hits warehouse full of antique cars
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One person suffered from smoke inhalation after a commercial building with several antique cars inside caught fire in Gainesville Friday evening.

Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said the man was exposed to the smoke while trying to remove cars from the burning building at 748 Grove St., but he refused transport to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The building is a 12,000-square-foot warehouse where antique cars are restored. Approximately 16 cars were inside the building when it caught fire.

Fire officials were notified of the fire at approximately 7 p.m. Upon arrival, Canada said firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the building. Both Gainesville and Hall County fire fighters battled the blaze, and the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes, Canada said.

By press time Friday, city fire officials had not determined the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage it caused. Canada did say that some of the vehicles were saved by nearby workers, though some remained in the building Friday night.

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