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T'ville commercial building an 80% loss

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - This is what's left of the abandoned warehouse at 502 West Jefferson Street. The Thomasville structure, vacant since 2003, caught fire around 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

The building used to house H&H Construction. The cause of the fire is undetermined. "The only possibility is that there is some evidence that possibly some vagrants could have been living in there or occupied some time in there," said Thomasville Fire Chief Bryan Croft.

Croft says they decided to take a defensive approach. "We made a risk versus gain assessment, made a call to go defensive on it. Excellent call, good safe call and did what we could to save what we could over at the structure."

The one story building was 13,840 square feet. Croft says it was not burned to the ground, but it's listed in the report as an 80 percent loss. "Because of the size of the building, you can't go inside so it really slows it down and then we actually had to get some heavy equipment here and tear down some of the building to actually get to it and completely extinguish it."

It took fire fighters about three hours to contain the flames. What remains of the building will be demolished.

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