Large fire destroys home, multiple structures on Lake Lanier

Published 3:44 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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No injuries reported in Tuesday morning blaze


LAKE LANIER—On Tuesday, September 19, a large fire destroyed a home and multiple other structures on Lake Lanier. 

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Tryon Fire Department was dispatched to the scene on E. Lakeshore Dr. at 3:15 a.m. The fire completely destroyed one residence, as well as two boat houses, two ski boats, and an additional boat dock. The heat from the blaze was so intense that there were reports of damage to homes up to 70 yards away. There were no injuries.

It is believed that the fire began in the main residence before spreading to the other structures. Firefighters from Tryon Fire Department led the initial attack on the blaze but had to turn back due to a wall collapse.

The home did not have a full-time resident, although the owners, who live in the community, were planning to begin living there soon. No foul play is suspected, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

“We may never definitively know the cause of the fire due to the intensity of the blaze,” says Chief Josh Walton of the Tryon Fire Department.

Columbus Fire Department, Saluda Fire and Rescue, Landrum Fire Department, Glassy Mountain Fire Department, Gowensville Fire Department, Mill Spring Fire Department and Holly Springs Fire Department assisted in extinguishing the fire. Holly Springs Fire Department used its fire boat on the lake so that the blaze could also be fought from the water.

As of Wednesday morning, fire crews were still putting out hotspots in the area.