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Blaze ruled accidental

Seven classic cars, shops destroyed

POSTED: January 16, 2013 12:33 a.m.

A fire that destroyed a home automotive workshop Thursday in east Forsyth has been ruled an accident.

Forsyth County Fire Div. Chief Jason Shivers said investigators are “absolutely confident” that the blaze on Samples Road was unintentional, though the specific cause is unknown.

“There’s nothing about it that was suspicious,” Shivers said. “The exact cause of origin is yet to be determined and likely will not be able to be found just because of the extensive damage to the utilities of the building.”

Without knowing what sparked the blaze, Shivers said interviews, 911 calls and the circumstances surrounding the incident led to the conclusion that the fire was accidental.

The flames charred the two-story shop, which was behind a home on Samples, near Buford Dam Road and not far from Lake Lanier. Also lost in the fire were seven classic cars, all of which dated to the 1960s or before.

No one was home or in the workshop at the time of the blaze, which occurred about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The incident triggered several 911 calls, with reports of explosions and a large column of black smoke, Shivers said.


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