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(Lilburn, Ga., Sept. 11, 2022) – Firefighters responded at 4:17 a.m. to an occupant report of a house fire in the 5500 block of Arrowind Road NW in Lilburn. The 911 caller advised there was a fire in the house, and all occupants had evacuated.

On arrival, crews found heavy fire showing from the rear of a two-story residence. As billowing smoke from the front of the home turned to flames, multiple fire attack hose lines were deployed to attack the fire from the exterior. Two aerial ladders were put into operation to knock down the bulk of the fire that was extending through the roof. With the bulk of the fire knocked down from the exterior, crews were able to transition their operations inside to complete extinguishment of hot spots. Additional crews searched the residence for victims, established a rapid intervention team and deployed ground ladders around the home as a secondary means of egress. The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes. The home sustained extensive fire damage throughout both floors. A home located to the left of residence sustained minor radiant heat damage to the vinyl siding. No injuries were reported but two bearded dragons inside the home did not survive.

According to the family, an adult male investigated a noise he heard while sleeping and found fire consuming the screened-in patio in the rear of the home. The male then alerted the rest of the family, and everyone safely evacuated. While the home was equipped with smoke alarms, the alarms did not activate due to the initial location of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the family of seven including three adults and four children.

A fire investigator responded to the scene for origin and cause determination. The fire investigator determined the fire originated inside the screened-in patio in the rear of the home. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined.

For additional information on home fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services’ Community Risk Reduction Division at 678-518-4845 or email  

Equipment at the scene included: 5-Engines, 2-Ladder Trucks, 1-Rescue, 1-Squad, 1-Air/Light Unit, 1-Medic Unit, 2-Battalion Chiefs, 1-District Chief, 1-Fire Investigator and 1-PIO

Note: Pictures of the incident can be located on Facebook and Twitter @GwinnettFire.

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