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DCES responds to house fire ruled as arson off Tanner Road
$10,000 reward for information that leads to apprehension or arsonist(s)
Tanner Road fire
Dawson County Emergency Services respond to a structure fire off Tanner Road on Nov. 21. - Photo courtesy of Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services

Dawson County Emergency Services responded to a structure fire on Tanner Road at noon last Thursday that has been determined to be caused by arson.

According to a press release from Fire Chief Danny Thompson, emergency personnel were dispatched to a residence on Tanner Road to a report of a smoke investigation that became a residential structure fire while units were en route on Nov. 21.

Fire investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office determined on Nov. 26 that the fire was intentionally set.

“The arson occurred at 337 Tanner Road in Dawsonville, Georgia. The 1,620-square-foot, 29-year-old double-wide mobile home suffered major damages,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “The residence was vacant and no power was connected to it at the time the fire occurred. It is believed the fire originated in the rear bedroom.”

Dawson County units arrived on scene with flames on the front porch and through the front windows. Additional units were called to respond to the fire, according to Thompson.

The first units arrived within five minutes of the initial dispatch and reported heavy fire from all sides of a double wide mobile home. Crews used several hose lines and approximately 15,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

Water was brought to the scene by a 3,000-gallon Water Tender from Dawson County Station 1 and a 3,000-gallon Water Tender from Lumpkin County Station 4. Forsyth County assisted by backfilling a fire station on the east side of the county while crews were busy at the scene.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Fire Investigations Unit 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.

The Dawson County Emergency Services and Dawson County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with this investigation.