Gwinnett County firefighters responded on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 10:13a.m., to an occupant report of a house fire in the 1900 block of Shoreline Trace, SW in Grayson. A call was received in the 9-1-1 Center simultaneously from the occupant and from a neighbor. Both reported smoke coming from the attic. The fire was brought under control by 10:39a.m.
The occupants, a mother and two teenage children, were home at the time the fire erupted and escaped unharmed. They were outside-safe when the fire department arrived. The family was alerted to the fire after smelling smoke upstairs and hearing an alarm in the attic sounding. A neighbor also banged on the front door as smoke poured from the roof. Firefighters stretched attack hose lines and immediately entered the structure to battle the blaze. Firefighters worked fast and were able to contain the fire to the attic. The fire burned a small hole in the roof and caused extensive damage in the attic space. The first and second floors sustained residual smoke and water damage and firefighters had to pull part of the sheetrock in the second floor ceiling to stop the fire from spreading.
Per the fire investigator, the blaze appears accidental and originated in the area of the exhaust fan in an upstairs hallway bathroom. The family was displaced from the home due to the damage, but denied assistance from the American Red Cross.
“We are fortunate that the occupants were able to quickly escape and that no injuries were reported.” said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge. In order to make sure your home and family is prepared in case of fire, be sure to install working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms where someone sleeps. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly. To find out more about home fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equipment at the scene included: 3-Engines, 2-Ladder Trucks, 1-Squad, 1-Medic Unit, 1-Air & Light Unit, 2-Battalion Chiefs, 1-Fire Investigator and 1-PIO.