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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 8, 2022) –This morning, Gwinnett County 9-1-1 received a phone call reporting an apartment fire at 3402 Water Vistas Parkway, NW in Lawrenceville. The fire was reported by contract workers completing work in a vacant apartment. The complainant stated that the crew noticed smoke coming from the vents when they turned on the furnace. The workers notified apartment occupants as they escaped the building.

Upon arrival Gwinnett County firefighters reported black smoke showing from the affected apartment building. Fire crews rapidly deployed fire hoses to make an offensive attack on the fire. Firefighters reported finding the fire in the attic, where they were able to rapidly suppress the fire. A primary search was completed, and everyone was found to be out of the building. A rapid intervention team was established, and crews established a positive water supply. Fire crews were rotated through a rehab station where their vital signs were checked while they rehydrated.

There were no injuries reported by our crews or by building occupants. Utility companies have secured power and gas to the six apartment units that were affected by water and smoke damage. As a result, five families have been displaced by the fire. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services worked with the American Red Cross and apartment management who will provide shelter for those families during the recovery process. The exact number of persons displaced by the fire is unknown.

This fire incident serves as a good chance to remind families to install smoke alarms, check smoke alarm batteries, and practice exit drills in the home. Homeowners should also have heating equipment & chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDES: 4 Fire Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Squad, 1 Rescue Unit, 1 Medical Unit, 3 Chief Officers, 1 Air and Light Unit, 1 Medical Supervisor, 1 Fire PIO

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