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200-foot-long chicken house in Forsyth County destroyed in fire
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Forsyth County firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire at a residence on Westbrook Road on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (Photo for the Forsyth County News)

Smoke from a fire inside a 200-foot-long chicken house located in northeastern Forsyth County could be seen as far away as downtown Cumming.  

The fire, which was called in at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, destroyed the building, which was being used to store equipment and hay.   

Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said the building burned from end to end, and that the design presented a challenge for firefighters, “as the building burns and collapses, the tin roof falls down on everything beneath it, so firefighters have to remove the tin to extinguish the remaining fire.”

Shivers said the fire was reported by residents in a nearby subdivision who could see the smoke. 

"We received multiple calls from neighborhoods in the area giving conflicting addresses, so we believe the fire was burning for some time before we arrived,” Shivers said.

Shivers said no one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.