Wednesday morning kept the Forsyth County Fire Department busy.
Division Chief Jason Shivers said the department responded to three separate fires during a four-hour time frame.
The most severe fire was in a home on Two Rock Court in south Forsyth.
“That was a total loss,” Shivers said.
Fortunately, the home’s owner and only resident, a single man, was out of town at the time of the fire so no one was injured in the blaze.
However, several pets perished.
“Sadly, the gentleman did own seven cats that were all lost in the fire,” Shivers said.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home around 6:30 a.m.
Due to the hour, Shivers said, the fire became significant before neighbors were able to call 911.
“The neighborhood was still quiet at the time, not many people had been up and about, and obviously school’s out so no one was up taking their kids to school, so the fire had a significant head start before we were ever notified,” Shivers said.
“When we arrived on scene there were heavy flames showing throughout the building.”
Shivers said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but “nothing appears suspicious.”
Shivers said the homeowner had been contacted and was “making appropriate arrangements."
Around 8:30 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a less severe call of smoke in a home on Spot Road.
Shiver said that incident resulted in no injuries or property damage.
Firefighters were again dispatched around 10:30 a.m. to a commercial property on Lake Field Drive off McGinnis Ferry Road in south Forsyth.
Shivers said that blaze resulted from a generator on the business property’s roof catching on fire.
He said a roofing company was at the site working when the fire started. One of its employees sustained minor injuries to his hand when he tried to extinguish the fire.
Shivers said it was unclear what business was operating out of the facility.
The building suffered some smoke damage as a result of the blaze, Shivers said.