A Forsyth County gas station likely will remain closed for some time following a fire early Monday.
Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said about 20 percent of the Shell at Dahlonega Highway and Sawnee Drive was damaged by smoke and fire.
“[The owner’s] going to be closed until he can get the repairs made, but it’s certainly salvageable,” Shivers said.
The business, which is near the Cumming branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, was closed at the time of the blaze. A passing motorist reported it about 4 a.m.
The incident shut down the highway for nearly two hours, according to Shivers.
“We were able to have [the road] reopened by 6 a.m., before the morning commute and school traffic became an issue,” he said. “That was a big goal to have that main thoroughfare opened before the commute started.”
Investigators were also at the station Monday morning, however Shivers said nothing about the fire appeared to be suspicious “at least at this time.”
“They are going to be looking at it to try to [determine] a cause of origin,” Shivers said.
The blaze was the second of two in less than 24 hours firefighters fought off Dahlonega Highway.
Sunday night, a chicken house caught fire near where the highway meets Tallant Road, north of the Coal Mountain community.
The chicken house was empty, as a truck had just picked up a load prior to the fire, according to Shivers.
“So that was good,” he said. “We had no loss of chickens.”
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