GWINNETT FIRE/MEDIA E-NEWS RELEASE: APARTMENT FIRE-1400 BLOCK OF AMBER TRAIL IN DULUTH

INCIDENT DATE: 04/13/13
TIME DISPATCHED: 4:41 A.M.
TIME ARRIVED: 4:43 A.M.
TIME UNDER CONTROL: 4:51 A.M. 

“WORKING SMOKE ALARM ALERTS SLEEPING FAMILY TO APARTMENT FIRE” 

Firefighters responded to an occupant report of an apartment fire at the above location.  The caller reported a sofa on fire in the living room.  Crews found smoke and flames showing from a single apartment unit on arrival.  Firefighters quickly deployed two attack lines and extinguished the fire.  The blaze was contained to one apartment unit with no extension.  The fire caused extensive damage to the living room and sent moderate smoke and heat throughout the rest of the unit.  There was no damage reported to the adjoining apartments.  One family, two adults and two teenage children, were displaced due to the damage.  The family was being assisted by management with relocation to a vacant unit within the complex.  The Red Cross was also contacted to provide assistance with clothing needs.  The fire appears to be accidental and was caused by a candle left burning unattended in the living room.  Candles left burning unattended is one of the leading causes of residential fire in the U.S.  “Candles should be snuffed out when going to bed or when leaving the home,” said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.   

This fire brings light to the importance of a properly working smoke alarm inside the home.  According to the occupants, they were asleep at the time the fire erupted and were awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm.  The family members were able to escape unharmed and call for help.  Firefighters suggest having a working smoke alarm one every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms.  Smoke alarms provide an early warning and give occupants added time to escape.  Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drill regularly.  “The smoke alarm is credited with saving multiple lives this morning.  We could be telling a very different and tragic story had it not been for the presence of a working smoke alarm inside the apartment unit,” Rutledge said.   For additional information on fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or e-mail fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com

EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED:

4-Engines

2-Ladder Trucks

1-Squad

1-Air & Light Unit

1-Medic Unit

2-Battalion Chiefs

1-Fire Investigator

1-PIO


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