Investigators are still searching for a cause in a blaze that completely destroyed an Alpharetta residency the afternoon of July 1.
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Three fire trucks from departments in both Alpharetta and Milton responded to that fire at approximately 3 p.m., the Forsyth Herald reports. By that time, the home, located on Gransley Court, was completely engulfed in flames.
“[The house] was fully involved within minutes of us receiving the initial 911 call, and, at that point, firefighters were in absolute defensive mode,” Officer George Gordon of Alpharetta Public Safety told 11 Alive News.
Firefighters kept hoses on the house until just after 5 p.m. to extinguish the flames, and they remained through the night to keep watch as the scene continued to smolder.
No injuries were caused by the fire as no members of the family that lived in the house were home when it went up. A neighbor was the one to alert authorities of the fire.
The home was deemed a total loss, though the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety tweeted that the home would be able to be rebuilt. It is not known how much the family lost in the fire in terms of personal property.
Fire marshals are still looking into a cause for the fire. The AJC reports that witnesses claim to have heard an explosion before the fire, but there is no official confirmation of that claim.
Alpharetta fire marshals have not indicated how long their investigation will take.
Over $11 billion in property damage occurred in 2013 due to residential fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
The organization reports that the most common causes of house fires include cooking, heating, and electrical equipment.