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Thanksgiving passes quietly in Hall County
Statewide, authorities reported 11 fatalities on the roads
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Aside from some minor fires and accidents, the Thanksgiving holiday passed quietly in Hall County.

Other areas of the state weren't as fortunate.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported Sunday evening that 11 people had died in wrecks statewide, compared to 13 in 2009.

The holiday traffic count began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday.

During the past five years, 95 people have been killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Also, Georgia has had 15,490 traffic crashes that resulted in 6,225 injuries.

Sunday at least provided clear skies - but chilly temperatures - for area residents returning home to end the holiday.

Locally, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said firefighters have worked "normal calls and vehicle accidents," but otherwise no serious injuries were reported.

Other area authorities, including the Georgia State Patrol, reported Sunday that while they were busy with calls, they didn't have any serious incidents.

The Gainesville Fire Department did break in a new Station 1 over the holiday, with firefighters holding the station's first Thanksgiving dinner.

The building is off Queen City Parkway.

Hall County firefighters responded to three minor blazes over the holiday, including one Sunday.

"Two of those were cooking-related," said Capt. Scott Cagle, Hall County fire marshal. "The one (Sunday) was from a fireplace."

In Sunday's fire, someone put "another log on the fire before leaving the house," Cagle said. "She wanted to keep the home warm while she was gone, and we don't recommend that.

"Something popped out onto the carpet and started a fire. Luckily, the fire burned itself out."

Chimneys may become a more frequent heating source as the week progresses.