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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Firefighters think an electrical short in the attic caused a big fire that destroyed an east Doublegate home Sunday.

Firefighters fought the flames for more than an hour Sunday night.

Hilary Houston told investigators she smelled smoke earlier in the day, but it wasn't until she heard what she thought were animals running on the roof that she realized the roof was on fire.

Items stored in the attic helped fuel the fire. 

"Anytime you have a fire in the attic, as dry as it is as hot as it gets in the attic it's a fast moving fire so your playing catchup when you get there and this particular one, the size of the house, it got ahead of us and we could never catch up to it," said AFD Asst. Chief Alan Cravey.

Investigators are still reviewing some of the information before they make a final ruling on the cause.

Damage to the home is estimated between $250,000 and $300,000.

 

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