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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 22, 2022) –This morning, at 10:43 a.m., Gwinnett County 911 received a phone call reporting a house fire at the 600 block of Mephisto Circle NW in Lawrenceville. The caller advised that neighbors were attempting to put the fire out and that her father was still inside the residence.

 Gwinnett County firefighters arrived to witness neighbors placing a ladder at a second-story window in an attempt to rescue an adult male. Gwinnett County firefighters immediately assisted with the rescue and moved the patient to the yard where they began providing emergency medical care until the arrival of the responding ambulance. Paramedics transported the patient to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Fire PIO is unable to identify the victim due to federal patient privacy laws known as HIPAA. Fire crews deployed multiple attack lines to battle the flames. Inside, crews found two dogs that were removed without harm. There were no other fire victims found at the incident. After the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that the fire had started on the first floor, burned out the staircase, and trapped the victim upstairs. A rapid intervention team was established, and crews obtained a positive water supply. Utility companies have secured power and gas to the home. Fire crews were rotated through a rehab station where their vital signs were checked while they rehydrated.

 Fire Investigators responded to the scene for the origin and cause investigation. Investigators ruled the fire accidental in nature after determining the fire originated in the area of HVAC equipment. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services worked with the American Red Cross to secure shelter for two adult family members who were displaced by the fire.

 Firefighters encourage all citizens to practice home fire safety. Be sure to install working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each bedroom. Develop a home escape plan and practice fire drills regularly. For additional information on home fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or email

 EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDES: 3 Fire Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Squad, 1 Rescue Unit, 2 Medical Units, 3 Chief Officers, 1 Air and Light Unit, 3 Fire Investigators, 2 Fire PIOs



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