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HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES THREE ADULTS IN LAWRENCEVILLE
(Lawrenceville, Ga., October 5, 2022) – Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a house fire on the 2600 Block of Kings Circle NW in Lawrenceville at 4:07 p.m. The caller stated that the deck was on fire and spreading to his house.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a split-level, single-family dwelling on a basement with heavy smoke showing. A size-up of the scene confirmed that the heaviest fire was on the back of the house and appeared to be spreading into the structure. Firefighters deployed two 1 ¾ -inch handlines to combat the flames, encountering heavy fire on the first floor and extending into the attic. The homeowner confirmed that everyone inside had escaped safely. However, she stated multiple pet birds were still in the basement. Fire crews were able to rescue 11 caged birds during search and rescue efforts. A positive water supply was established, a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was formed, and a second means of egress was established on the Charlie side. The completion of a primary and secondary search of the structure confirmed that there were no victims inside the home. The fire was knocked down by 4:41 p.m.
There were no fire-related injuries reported at the scene. The caller, a resident at the property, reported that he was completing a project inside his home when he heard loud cracking and popping. He stated that he noticed smoke through a window and opened the back door to investigate. After opening the back door, he discovered the back deck was on fire. The caller then alerted the homeowner who was napping in the master bedroom. The homeowner confirmed that the smoke alarms inside the home were activated but not before the fire was discovered. The fire has displaced three adult residents who declined assistance from the American Red Cross, stating they would be staying with family members during repairs. Firefighters rotated through rehab before returning to service. The cause of the fire was undetermined.
EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENES INCLUDED: 4- Engines, 2- Ladder Trucks, 1- Squad, 1- Rescue, 2- Medic Units, 3- Command Staff Units, 3- Fire Investigators, 1- Air and Light Unit, and 1- PIO. A total of 36 fire personnel responded.
Note: Pictures of the incident can be located on Facebook and Twitter @GwinnettFire.