The smell of smoke and charred wood still hung in the air outside a boarded-up south Forsyth subdivision clubhouse Monday, the result of what fire investigators have deemed a double arson.
Fire officials confirmed that two recent fires at the Springmonte subdivision off Old Alpharetta — one on Wednesday, July 5 and the other on Saturday, July 8 — were intentionally set, though little other information was available.
The first blaze, which started around 11:45 p.m., targeted the subdivision’s clubhouse, which is located at 2615 Cross Springs Drive, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Barry Head.
“The [department] was notified of a structure fire, and when we arrived we found heavy fire at the front of the structure,” he said. “We extinguished it, but a subsequent investigation ruled it an intentionally set fire.
“While working on that case, we were dispatched again to another reported fire at the same [subdivision], this one located in the pavilion next to the tennis courts.”
Firefighters arrived on scene for the second time around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Head said.
“The investigation is ongoing, but we ruled that fire was intentionally set, as well,” he said. “Neither place was occupied at time of fire.”
No one was injured in either incident.
Head said he could not comment on whether the department has any suspects or whether the same person or people set the fires.