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(Lawrenceville, Ga., August 26, 2023) At 6:16 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire on the 1000 block of Tumble Wood Trail in Lawrenceville. The 911 caller said they were awakened to the smell of smoke and discovered that the house was on fire. 

Firefighters arrived at 6:21 a.m. to find a single-family dwelling with heavy fire involvement. Bystanders informed firefighters that there was a possible victim still in the home. Firefighters quickly deployed multiple firehoses into the house. Upon entry into the home, firefighters encountered high heat and low visibility. Search teams located a deceased female in a bathroom. Firefighters also found two family pets that had also perished. Fire investigations responded to the scene and determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. This fire displaced three people who are receiving shelter assistance from the American Red Cross. 

Fire officials released the victim's body to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office. Due to Federal Patient Privacy Laws known as HIPAA, firefighters cannot provide the victim's name. All questions regarding the victim's name or cause of death should be directed to the Medical Examiner's Office. 

This incident is a tragic reminder of the importance of practicing home fire safety. Firefighters encourage residents to develop a home fire escape plan, practice fire drills regularly, install and maintain working smoke alarms, and look for and eliminate hazards that could cause a fire to start or grow in intensity. For additional home fire and life safety information or a free smoke alarm check, please get in touch with the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or email  

Note: Please visit our Facebook and Twitter page @GwinnettFire for pictures of this incident. 

EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED: 2-Ladder Trucks, 4- Engines, 2- Squads, 3- Med Units, 1- Air and Light Unit, 1- Rescue, 3- Command Staff Vehicles, 2- Fire Investigators, and 1- PIO


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