Buddy and Terri Cash were getting up Tuesday when they heard a shuffling sound outside their northeastern Forsyth home.
The couple didn’t realize the sound was coming from a fire that destroyed the house next door and was threatening their own.
“When I opened the door it was a solid wall of flames,” said Buddy Cash, a former volunteer firefighter. “It was fully involved.”
Cash said he called 911 to report the blaze and then realized there were flames on his own house.
No injuries were reported and no one was inside the home, located at 6525 Bryant Drive, when it burned to the ground.
Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.
Firefighters had to run about 2,000 feet of hose from the nearest hydrant to the blaze, which was reported about 10 a.m.
“While this was a challenge it was handled swiftly and professionally,” Shivers said.
The homes are on Four Mile Creek on Lake Lanier.
Shivers said a recreational vehicle and a Jeep Liberty parked at the Cash home received some exterior damage from the flames, and their chimney, siding and porch railing were blackened in spots.
He said the structure of the house was sound despite the outside damage.
Joe Lombardo, who lives nearby and came to see what was going on after noticing the flames, was impressed with the firefighters.
“They were timely and the way they put the hoses in, it looked like every single person knew what they were doing,” Lombardo said. “It was interesting to watch the professionalism.”
He said another neighbor ran down to the Cash house to make sure the couple had gotten out, despite warnings that it could be dangerous.