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Officials: Residential fire response in Dawson County hampered by spectators
Dawson County Fire 09.21.20

Efforts to suppress a residential fire in a Dawson County neighborhood on Monday afternoon were hampered by spectators, golf carts and civilian vehicles, local officials say. 

In a press release, Dawson County Fire Chief Danny Thompson said that bystanders on the roadway made it nearly impossible for fire crews to access the residence, which sustained substantial damage to it’s roof during the fire. 

According to Thompson, Dawson County 911 received reports of a residential fire in the Chestatee Subdivision at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Monday and quickly dispatched units from Fire Stations 1, 2, 3 and 7. 

Fire crews reportedly found heavy fire coming from the residence’s roof on arrival at the scene and were able to bring it under control within 12 minutes.

No injuries to civilians or fire crews were reported as a result off the fire.  

In the release Thompson said that local residents should give firefighters, and their vehicles, plenty of room to work and clear neighborhood streets in the event of a fire.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and is under investigation, the release stated.