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Fire destroys former bed and breakfast famous for celebrity guests
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The former Triple T Bed & Breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville burned June 26. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News

A fire last Tuesday destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

The 5-bedroom house at 86 Young Pl. caught on fire shortly before 9 p.m. June 26.

The home was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, according to Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford. Upon arrival personnel reported heavy fire conditions in the attic and second story of the house.

It was deemed a total loss.

Formerly known as the Triple T Bed & Breakfast, owner Steve Hughes named the business after his mother Tilda Tinsley Tilton, who lived in the house from the time it was built in 2004 to her death in December 2007.

The bed and breakfast operated from 2011 to 2013, and it's claim to fame came in March 2012 when cast members from the Clint Eastwood film "Trouble with the Curve", which was partially filmed in Dawsonville, stayed there. Cast members included Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.

Hubert Tinsley, Tilton's younger brother, built the house after one he built in Louisiana because she liked it so much.

Tinsley said he built the five homes on Young Place that he and his relatives still live in today.

"It's heartbreaking because I built that house, and it had a lot of good family memories, and that's what it's all about," Tinsley said. "But life goes on."

Local Norton Real Estate Agent Kristie Meyers had recently sold the home to a family with eight children. They were supposed to move in July 1.

"It's a beautiful, humongous house," Meyers said. "I feel like I lost a friend."

Former tenant Melanie Fortenberry lived at the home for two years from August 2014 to August 2016, and learned of the news of the fire from a neighbor.

Fortenberry described the beautiful open floor plan and wrap around porch that were her favorite features of the home.

"Such a sad thing...it was such a beautiful home and we have so many fond memories of living there," Fortenberry said. "It was absolutely gorgeous."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, according to Swafford.