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Officials: South Forsyth house fire likely arson
Abandoned structure sits on site of future live-work-play community

SOUTH FORSYTH — A weekend blaze at an abandoned house on south Forsyth property readying to be redeveloped is being investigated as arson, fire officials say.

When four Forsyth County fire engines and a ladder truck arrived about 4 p.m. Saturday, the structure at 3500 Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9), near Majors Road, was fully engulfed in flames.

No one was living in the home, which did not have any furnishings, personal belongings, power or utilities, at the time.

According to Forsyth County government’s GIS Viewer, the Traditions live-work-play community will be built on the site.

“But it was still someone else’s property that another person chose to destroy by fire,” said Jason Shivers, division chief with the fire department.

The specific cause and origin of the blaze is unknown, but investigators are confident it was intentionally set.

“It’s clearly a case of arson,” Shivers said. “We are actively involved in an investigation, and we do have positive leads.”

Although the home sat at the end of a nearly 1,000-foot driveway, crews were able to connect to a hydrant on Atlanta Highway.

Because of the building’s isolation from other neighborhoods or structures, there was no threat to the surrounding area.