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Fire destroys home in south Forsyth

SOUTH FORSYTH — A south Forsyth family escaped a fire that destroyed their home Friday.

The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m., according to Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers. When the first units arrived, the back of the home was “heavily involved,” causing firefighters to “go defensive” and fight flames from outside of the single-family residence.

All of the occupants — including a husband, wife and several children, some of them grown — were accounted for without injuries.

No one had time to put shoes on before running out of the house, which was a “total loss,” Shivers said.

The family is staying with other relatives and friends while the blaze is investigated.

“There’s nothing about it that leads us to believe there’s anything suspicious,” Shivers said, “but the cause and origin have not yet been determined.”

He added that the house was too “unsound” to enter Friday and conduct a detailed investigation in accordance with insurance standards.

The building was at least two stories with attic space, and parts had collapsed. There were no pets inside that fire officials were made aware of, Shivers said.