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North Forsyth basement fire under investigation
Fire officials respond to a fire on Burress Mill Road on Monday. - Photo by Ben Hendren

Authorities say they are still searching for what caused a fire in the basement of a north Forsyth home, early Monday afternoon.

At about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Forsyth County 911 received a call that a single-family home at 5450 Burruss Mill Road in north Forsyth was showing smoke and that the home had been safely evacuated, According to Division Chief Jason Shivers, spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department.

Upon arrival at the scene minutes later, firefighters determined that the fire had moved from the basement of the residence to the attic through a wall, Shivers said. He said that because the fire was “simple and relatively small,” it was quickly extinguished.

Despite damage to its basement and attic, Shivers said that a preliminary estimate indicates that the home is salvageable.

No injuries were sustained in the fire, Shivers added.

Shivers noted that due to the location of the residence, the fire department response included one of the county’s 1,000 gallon water tanker trucks. He said that that is standard procedure when a residence is “not within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant.”

Less than 10 percent of homes in the county are located farther than 1,000 from a fire hydrant, he said.

Burruss Mill Road was closed down during the incident and authorities agreed that it would likely remain closed through the afternoon.