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Sheriff loses home in fire
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Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle lost his home in a fire early Saturday evening, local authorities said.

"The house is a total loss," Dawson County Fire Chief Lanier Swafford said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the laundry room at 5 p.m. Saturday.

"Our units found heavy fire in the rear of the residence, even through the roof," Swafford said. "At this time, we have no reason to believe there is anything suspicious. We are working with the insurance company to determine the cause of the fire."

No injuries were reported, although Carlisle's son was home at time.

Dawson County stations 1, 2 and 7 responded to the call and were assisted by Forsyth County.

"There was no delay in responding, and we had good access to water," Swafford said.

Improvements were made to Carlisle Road last year that included water lines and fire hydrants.

"That new water line was utilized in fighting the fire," Swafford said. "We had no problems with pressure."

Crews were on the scene approximately four hours until 9 p.m. fighting the fire, salvage and clean up operations.

According to Swafford, the community has begun to rally around the sheriff and his family and have begun fundraising efforts.

"Even when there is insurance, you run out of cash real fast," Swafford said.