Lightning the possible cause of blaze that gutted massive Clemmons home, officials say

  • Source: Winston Salem Journal
  • Published: 08/09/2018 06:52 AM

Lightning is the possible cause of a fire that ripped through a large Clemmons house and took more than five hours and 60 firefighters to extinguish Wednesday night, according to fire officials. The 5,000-square-foot house is one of several buildings and houses on the 400-acre property known as River Hills Farm. The home, in the 8900 block of Blackberry Lane, has been declared a total loss, said Gary Styers, deputy fire chief and fire marshal with Forsyth County Emergency Services. “Lightning is being looked at as a potential cause of the fire,” Styers said. “We had strong storms in the area last night producing a lot of lightning. We’re continuing to investigate today.” Lewisville and Vienna firefighters responded to the fire around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, and the fire was declared under control shortly after midnight.


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