Forsyth man dies following brush fire

Forsyth man dies following brush fire

04 April 2010

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USA —    A brush fire spread through nearly 6 acres and destroyed a Forsyth County home Saturday afternoon. When the fire was contained, the body of a 64-year-old man was found in nearby woods.

Joe Michael Fowler, who rented a Johnson Road home, was found about 150 yards from where the brush fire started, Capt. Jason Shivers with the Forsyth fire department told the AJC. Investigators believe Fowler may have been trying to put out the fire when he died, Shiver said.

“At some point, he was burning a brush pile and what we suspect was that it had gotten away from him,” Shivers said.

A cause of death has not yet been determined, Shivers said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 2 p.m. to find a house and several acres fully engulfed, Shivers said. Crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to eight other nearby homes, located near Kelly Mill Road, west of Cumming, he said. A home near Fowler’s home was a total loss.

Saturday morning was designated as a “burn day” for Forsyth County, meaning burning permits are not required. But changes in the weather prompted that to be changed shortly before 1 p.m., Shivers said.

“In Georgia, the early spring is very dry with low humidity, and fairly warm,” Shivers said. “The conditions are just right for these kind of events.”

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