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Fire destroys home on New Year’s Eve
A Forsyth County firefighter uses a hose on the wreckage of the west Forsyth home that was destroyed by a fire late New Year’s Eve. -Ben Hendren for the Forsyth County News - photo by For the FCN

A Forsyth County family was left without a home after a fire late on New Year’s Eve. 

At 11 p.m. Sunday night, the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 4410 Manor Creek Drive off of Post Road in west Forsyth County.

According to Division Chief Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department, engines responding to the scene found the home 50-percent involved with flames.

Shivers said that the home had been evacuated and no injuries occurred from the fire, but the home sustained serious damage and will likely be a total loss. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but Shivers said icy conditions this week may hamper the inquiry. 

“This is still under investigation, and they are working closely with the insurance company investigators, but it’s probably going to take some time,” Shivers said. 

Shivers added that this is the time of year when structure fires see an increase. 

“These times are always a good time to reinforce fire safety,” he said. 

Shivers stated that people can decrease fire hazards in the home by getting annual chimney and fire place inspections by a professional, disposing of dry Christmas trees in a timely manner and being cautious of space heaters and alternate heating sources.