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Overnight fire destroys 3 Dawsonville homes
Three homes on Burt's Crossing Drive in Dawsonville are taped off after a fire destroyed them and displaced 11 people shortly after midnight on July 5, 2018. - photo by For The Times

By Allie Dean

Dawson County News

Three Dawsonville families are left without homes after a fire early Thursday.

Homes at 38, 48 and 60 Burt’s Crossing Drive have extensive heavy damage, and Red Cross has been called to assist the 11 people displaced by the fire, according to Dawson County Fire Chief Danny Thompson.

Thompson said Thursday morning that at approximately 12:15 a.m. July 5, Dawson County 911 dispatched fire units to a reported structure fire at 38 Burt’s Crossing Drive.

Upon arrival five minutes later, units found three structures well involved with fire, Thompson said. Mutual aid from Forsyth County came in the form of two fire engines and a ladder truck.

Thompson said that no civilians or firefighters were injured and that the fire was contained by 1:16 a.m.

Other homes in the vicinity were damaged, including 68 Burt’s Crossing Drive, and numbers 10 and 29 on Winding Creek Court. Those homes are still livable, Thompson said. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Dawson County Fire Marshal’s office in partnership with the state fire marshal’s office.

Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said one of the homes belonged to a member of the county’s SWAT team.