Alpharetta's fire marshal said the home's stove was left on.
Alpharetta's fire marshal has determined what caused a fire at a home on Long Indian Creek Court Wednesday morning. "The stove was left on with a pan sitting on a stove eyelet," said George Gordon, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman. The home at 3313 Long Indian Creek Court suffered heavy fire damage in the garage and living room, and had a partial roof collapse. Gordon said 14 Alpharetta firefighters responded to the 911 call, with 8 additional firefighters from Milton and Johns Creek offering assistance.
An elderly woman apparently crawled into a drain pipe in fear of the storm.
Alpharetta police are investigating a storm-related fatality from Friday night's severe weather. Patricia Barnette, 83, was found dead in a creek near her home, having apparently first climbed into a drain pipe in fear of the storm. Late in the evening at the height of the severe weather hitting the city, the Alpharetta 911 center took a call from a man saying his elderly wife was missing. The last contact the husband had with his wife is when she told her husband she was going to take shelter in a closet due to the weather, according to George Gordon, spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. Alpharetta police officers responded to the scene and began to search the area. At the same time, Alpharetta dispatchers contacted …