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Third arson discovered in same south Forsyth neighborhood in a week
Clubhouse, pavilion previously targeted
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A vehicle fire in a south Forsyth neighborhood early Wednesday morning is being considered by investigators as arson, marking the third such crime in the area in one week.

Firefighters responded to a residence on Saddlebrook Glen Drive off Caney Road around 1:06 a.m. on July 11, where they found a vehicle on fire, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Barry Head.

“We responded to a residence [that had] a vehicle fire,” Head said. “After the fire was extinguished, it was deemed arson.”

On Monday, Head confirmed that two recent fires at the Springmonte subdivision off Old Alpharetta Road — one on Wednesday, July 5 and the other on Saturday, July 8 — were also intentionally set.

The first blaze, which started around 11:45 p.m., targeted the subdivision’s clubhouse, which is located at 2615 Cross Springs Drive.

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The Springmonte subdivision is located off Old Alpharetta Road. - photo by Isabel Hughes
“The [department] was notified of a structure fire, and when we arrived we found heavy fire at the front of the structure,” Head 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 any of the incidents.

Head he could not comment on whether the department has any suspects or whether the same person or people set the fires but said that “investigators are currently following up on leads they’ve generated during course of investigation.”