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Fire displaces family

POSTED: March 12, 2013 5:10 p.m.

A family was displaced Thursday after a fire destroyed a home on A.T. Moore Road in southern Dawson County.

While the cause of the blazed has not been determined, Dawson County Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said it appears to be electrical.

"From what I was told by the daughter who lives down in the basement, she had a lamp, maybe something like a reading lamp, over the bed," he said.

"She was ironing in the other room when she heard a popping noise and when she went in the bedroom to check it out, the headboard was on fire."

Crews from three fire stations in Dawson and five from Forsyth County responded to the blaze, which quickly spread to the mattress before traveling along the wall to the upstairs and into the attic, Satterfield said.

"I want to thank Forsyth County for their help," he said. "Their Station No. 7 is real close, and we depend on their mutual aid a lot. We're lucky nobody got hurt and everybody got out the house OK."

The home, owned by William and Joyce Gravitt, is valued at about $130,000, according to Dawson County tax records.

Satterfield said the couple was insured. They are reportedly staying with family members.

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