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House destroyed by fire led to arson arrest, plea
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

The house at 3680 Clarks Bridge Road was destroyed by fire in mid-September. Why hasn’t it been torn down yet?

Capt. Andre Niles with the Hall County Marshal’s Office said he has had trouble with the insurance agency involved in the case.

The house burned Sept. 11 and Hall County Fire Services determined it was suspicious. The owner turned himself in the next day, according to a news release at the time from the fire department.

Pedro Gonzales-Rodriguez was charged with first-degree arson and made a plea bargain, Capt. Scott Cagle with the fire department said. He received a 10-year sentence, Cagle added.

The 2,000-square-foot home was deemed a total loss.

Cagle said his office as well as the marshal’s office have gotten a number of calls wanting the property to be cleaned up.

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