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House fire injures one
FCFD: Blaze is suspicious
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Firefighters hose down a house Friday in the Chattahoochee River Club neighborhood. The only person home at the time was hospitalized after the incident.
Authorities are investigating a house fire that left a Forsyth County woman hospitalized Friday.

The blaze in the Chattahoochee River Club neighborhood is suspicious, said Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers, and investigators will spend the next few days trying to determine its cause.

Shivers said paramedics performed CPR on the homeowner, later identified as Jill Vannini, after she was pulled from the blaze about 11 a.m. at 3625 Woodbury Creek Drive.

She was taken by ambulance to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where a hospital spokesman said she was listed in critical condition.

Shivers said Vannini did not appear to have been burned, but may have suffered from smoke inhalation.

No other injuries were reported in connection with the blaze and Vannini was the only person in the house.

Shivers said the fire “appears to have started in or about the garage” and the house had heavy smoke damage throughout.

He estimated that 20 to 25 percent of the three-story house burned.

Vannini’s neighbor, David Sewell, was home when the fire erupted.

“My son-in-law saw the flames in the garage, so we called 911,” he said, adding that other neighbors may have also reported the fire.

Sewell said Vannini lived in the house alone and had two or three dogs.

One of her dogs was taken to a neighbor’s house and another was removed from Vannini’s back porch by Forsyth County Sheriff’s animal control officers.

Shivers said firefighters did not find a third dog.