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Dawson County Emergency Services respond to a structure fire April 26 at 865 Carlisle Road in Dawsonville. The cause is suspicious in nature and a fire investigator with the Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office has determined that the structure fire was intentionally set. - Photo courtesy of Dawson County Fire & EMS

Dawson County Emergency Services responded to a structure fire off Carlisle Road Friday afternoon that is being investigated by national, state and local agencies due to its suspicious nature.

The fire occurred around 12:45 p.m. April 26 and is being investigated by Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Dawson County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release from Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Danny Thompson, personnel responded to a reported structure fire off Carlisle Road. Upon arrival, Battalion 1 found a 20x20 outbuilding fully involved, with no exposures. Engine Companies 2 and 7 extinguished the fire and the area was overhauled, according to Thompson.

A fire investigator with the Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office has determined that a storage building fire in Dawson County was intentionally set.

“The building was located at 865 Carlisle Road in Dawsonville, Georgia. The structure was around 47 years old and 400 square feet at the time of the fire,” said Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck. “The structure was completely destroyed by the blaze and was not connected with utilities at the time the fire occurred.”

The property is currently owned by Alberta Carlisle, according to the current Dawson County tax website.

According to Thompson, there were no injuries from civilians or fire service personnel.

Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Arson Hotline at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s). Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Investigators with the Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office assisted Dawson County Emergency Services with this investigation.