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Fire guts empty mansion
Foul play not suspected
Blaze WEB
Authorities say no one was home when this house was destroyed by fire Saturday. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire Saturday that destroyed a home in south Forsyth.

Forsyth County Fire Lt. Debbie Lindstrom said the blaze was well involved when firefighters arrived about 7:30 p.m. at the 5,300-square-foot home on Indian Wells Court in the St. Marlo subdivision.

According to Lindstrom, the fire began in the garage and spread to the attic.

“They attempted an interior tact, but due to the roof collapse, they had to go to defensive operations,” she said. “Once a roof collapses, they can only fight it from the outside.”

The five-bedroom house, valued by the county’s tax assessor’s office at $605,000, was empty, Lindstrom said.

There were no vehicles in the garage and no furniture in the home, which had recently been sold.

“The new owners were scheduled to move in next week,” she said. “There was interior work being done to the house prior to them moving in.”

It took more than 20 firefighters about 40 minutes to extinguish the flames, and nearly another four hours to secure the area and ensure no other fires could spark, Lindstrom said.

There were four engines and one ladder truck at the scene, as well as a ladder truck from the nearby city of Johns Creek.

Lindstrom will be investigating the blaze over the next several weeks, though she said it appears to be accidental.

“It could be anything,” she said. “It’s still under investigation although it is not deemed suspicious.”