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Three homes catch fire
No one hurt as storms pass through
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Forsyth County News


Firefighters found themselves responding to three residential blazes early Tuesday as thunderstorms howled through Forsyth County.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department worked two structure fires that occurred minutes apart about 1 a.m., which was the height of the storm's intensity.

The third and most significant blaze, Shivers said, ignited about 3 a.m. in the rear of a house at 4165 Settingdown Road in north Forsyth.

Awakened by smoke detectors, an elderly couple was able to get out of the house before firefighters arrived, Shivers said.

He said the elderly man was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

A storage room at the back of the home was engulfed in flames.

"It was starting to extend into the living quarters of the home and upwards into the upper story of the home," Shivers said.

"Most of the fire damage was kept to that storage room, but it had started its extension into adjoining rooms."

Shivers said the home is salvageable. The cause of the blaze is likely storm-related.

The first fire of the early morning hours drew firefighters to 2660 Hermitage Drive in south Forsyth about 12:50 a.m.

Minutes later, they were called to a blaze at 3340 Applecross Lane in east Forsyth.

Shivers said no injuries were reported in either incident and that lightning appeared to be the culprit in both.

He said firefighters were able to contain flames to the attic of the Hermitage Drive residence and covered the damage with a tarp to keep the rain out.

On Applecross Lane, there was smoke in the house and attic. Shivers said firefighters got the situation under control in about 20 minutes.

Other than the fires, he said the county weathered the storm, which claimed the lives of six people throughout the state, with no major wind damage.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said authorities received a few reports of downed trees, but "it was real scattered and very minor."