MALL OF GEORGIA EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE AT RUE 21
(Buford, Ga., November 9, 2021) – Firefighters responded to a reported fire at RUE 21 in the Mall of Georgia. Caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing flames near the back of the store with shoppers trying to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers.
Upon arrival, there was an active alarm and the mall was being evacuated. Firefighters proceeded to recon the area and found a clothing rack on fire and smoke filling the main mall corridor. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire with 2 pressurized water extinguishers and there was no extension beyond the area of origin. Firefighters used an electric fan to remove smoke from the store. One mall security guard was evaluated for possible smoke inhalation but they declined any treatment.
A fire investigator is on scene for cause determination. The mall is still evacuated and GCPD is on scene assisting with crowd control. Any additional images of the scene will be shared on social media.
EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED: 4-Engines, 3-Ladder Trucks, 1-Squad, 2-Medic Units, 1-Air & Light Unit, 2-Battalion Chiefs, 1-District Chief, 1-Fire Investigator, and 1-PIO.