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Fireworks to blame for blazes
Fire department has busy weekend
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Forsyth County News


Despite safety warnings, the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to several calls involving fireworks over the New Year's holiday weekend.

A blaze at a home on Marymount Drive appears to be the most serious incident caused by celebratory explosives.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department was called to the fire about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

He said the blaze was apparently the result of a small brush fire, started by fireworks, that spread to the structure.

No one was hurt, Shivers said, but the flames burned the outside of the home and there was some smoke damage inside.

He said there were nine other small brush and grass fires related to fireworks over the weekend.

From Friday through Monday morning the department responded to 100 incidents, Shivers said.

Fire destroyed a vacant house on Westray Road early Friday morning.

"It was completely involved upon arrival but it was an unoccupied home," Shivers said, adding that the fire remains under investigation.

About an hour earlier, firefighters had handled a fire at a house on Shamrock Drive.

Shivers said damage was limited to the carport, where the blaze began, and the attic.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said it was a relatively calm weekend for local law enforcement.

Moving into the new year, Shivers reminded residents that winter is just getting started and caution should be used in the event of icy conditions.

He noted that Tuesday marked a year since the department rescued a dog from a frozen pond. Firefighters also received several calls this time last year related to children playing on icy bodies of water.

"Always remember the weather in Georgia is never, ever cold enough long enough to safely support play on frozen ponds," Shivers said. "Continue to be wary of potential ice on the roadways.

"Have yourself and your family prepared for potential long durations without utilities should we experience ice storms."