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Electrical short caused historic house fire

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Firefighters believe an electrical short caused the oldest house in Valdosta to burn.

Flames ripped through the J.T. Roberts house on Wells Street Wednesday morning.

Firefighters think squirrels may have chewed through a wire.

The fire started on the back porch of the house that was built in 1845.

The house was vacant and restoration was almost finished.

The Valdosta Heritage Foundation has owned the house for 11 years.

"You can't rebuild a historic house," said Tom Haller, the Valdosta Heritage Foundation president. "It's irreplaceable but we just have to lick our wounds move on and make the best decisions we can."

Monday night the Heritage Foundation will meet to talk about what to do with what's left of the J.T. Roberts House.

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