Fire Captain: Mansion fire started in fireplace

Fireplace believed to be mansion fire origin

HALL COUNTY, Ga – Firefighters believe the blaze that burned down a $2 million Hall County mansion started in the home's fireplace.

Capt. Bobby Ogletree said the cause is still under investigation, but they've been able to track the origin to that part of the 10,00 square-foot home.

The Hall County fire department faced a series of water issues when they arrived at the home on Shoreline Drive  around 7:40 pm Monday night.

A fire department spokesperson said fire engines and tankers had to travel to a fire hydrant 1/2 to 3/4 miles from the driveway of the residence. They filled a drop tank with eater and then transported it to the burning home, which was an additional 500 yards off the roadway.

"Given the distance between the fire hydrant and the top of driveway as well as the distance between the top of the driveway and the residence, this is the most efficient way to provide a water supply to this fire. Only water taken from a fire hydrant was utilized during this incident," Fire Capt. Zachary Brackett said.

The mansion is a total loss, but there were no injuries reported.

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