Fire rips through 4,990-square-foot Forsyth County home

Fire at 8200 Blackberry Lane in Forsyth County. (Winston-Salem Fire Department)

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A fire ripped through a 4,990-square-foot Forsyth County home on Wednesday evening.

At about 6:45 p.m., Clemmons, Lewisville and Vienna fire departments responded to the fire at the home, which is at the end of a long driveway on the 8900 block of Blackberry Lane in the southwestern part of the county. Forsyth County Emergency Services also responded.

The fire was reported to firefighters as being caused by a lightning  strike, though the cause remains under investigation.

The area had limited access to fire hydrants, escalating the fire to a “second alarm response,” according to the fire marshal.

About 60 firefighters, including units from Winston-Salem Fire and Davie County, responded either to the scene or to cover vacant fire stations in the area.

Officials declared the fire under control at 1:23 a.m. Thursday morning.

The American Red Cross was called to help the residents of the house.

Photos on social media by the Winston-Salem and Smith Grove fire departments show heavy damage. Officials are calling the home a total loss.

No injuries were reported.