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November 18, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia--  Firefighters are using a blaze in Thomasville to warn people about paying attention to their fireplaces this winter.

Smoldering embers in a fireplace ignited a fire that destroyed a home on Wright Street Thursday night.  The family had built a fire to heat their 100 year old home. 

Investigators say there was no screen on the fireplace, and when the family left, a smoldering ember apparently popped out and caught the house on fire.  "The house is probably a 100% loss due to smoke damage throughout the house and extreme heat. The structure's still standing, but it's probably going to have to be demolished and rebuilt," says Thomasville Fire / Rescue Captain, Greg Owens.

Firefighters say that this is a sad, but classic example of why people should never leave their fireplaces unattended.

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