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Officials: Holiday weekend a safe one
No one injured in house fire
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Firefighters battled a blaze at a home on Keith Bridge Road on Sunday. No one was injured in the fire. - photo by Jim Dean

Memorial Day weekend passed safely in Forsyth County, according to local public safety officials.

“We had a much more quiet weekend than we expected,” said Karleen Chalker, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The holiday weekend typically signals the start of the busy summer season on Lake Lanier and at other local attractions.

The county’s fire department responded to 109 calls, many of which were medical emergencies, over the wzeekend. There were no fatalities, said Fire Capt. Jason Shivers.

“That call volume over three days is nothing terribly out of the ordinary,” he said. “In my opinion, it was a safe holiday weekend with no significant injuries or incidents.”

There were, however, a couple fires of note.

A man and a woman escaped a blaze Sunday afternoon that was covering 35 percent of their Keith Bridge Road house when firefighters arrived, Shivers said.

It took about two dozen personnel to put out the flames, Shivers said, noting they managed “to salvage a significant portion of their belongings.”

The weekend also saw two vehicle blazes, one brush fire, a gas leak and a second, minor structure fire.

Shivers said with school out, the department is encouraging families to be safe over the summer.

“We hope that the public heeds the safety warnings and wears life preservers when they’re in the water [and] stay out of the water if they can’t swim,” he said. “If they think cautiously and watch out for one another, then a safe summer should be had by all.”