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Investigators search for cause in lake home fire
House destroyed in Tuesday blaze
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Lt. Dax Lewis, of Hall County Fire Services, inspects a Hidden Harbor subdivision home Wedesday afternoon destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. The home, which was valued by the owners at $750,000, was deemed a total loss. - photo by CHARLES OLSEN

Hall County Fire Services investigators spent Tuesday night and Wednesday trying to discover the cause of a fire destroying a 5,000-square-foot home on Lake Lanier.

“We do know we had a natural gas line somewhere whether it was to the grill or the natural gas line furnishing the house,” Hall County Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black said.

Two people in the house, who declined to comment, escaped with their dog after noticing flames in the back left corner of the home in the 5700 block of Harbor North in the Hidden Harbor subdivision.

No injuries were reported.

Hall County Fire Services responded around 8:45 p.m. to the fire, which was threatening other nearby homes.

It took more than an hour, Black said, to stop the gas line.

“It kept having fuel fed to it,” he said.

Black said fire investigators have narrowed down the potential causes of the fire but have not fully identified a cause. It will take more time, he said, as investigators spent all Wednesday looking through the large home with collapsed floors.

The valuation of the house was $750,000 and was deemed a total loss, Black said. The Red Cross responded to assist the residents.

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