Gwinnett County woman dies in overnight townhome fire

(Lilburn, Ga., Oct. 16, 2020) – Gwinnett County firefighters report that a woman in her late 60s died in a townhome fire in Lilburn overnight.

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, the deceased body of the woman was found when crews responded to the scene around 8:21 p.m. on Oct. 15. A neighbor had called 911 to report smoke and flames coming from the second-floor of a center townhome unit in a triplex building.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames inside an upstairs bedroom when they arrived. They discovered the body of the woman inside the fire room during an initial search of the structure. She was the only one inside the townhome at the time of the fire. No other injuries were reported.

Capt. Tommy Rutledge with Walton County Fire Rescue said the exact cause of the fire is currently undetermined and is under active investigation. The blames were contained to the upstairs bedroom on the front-left corner and caused heavy damage to the room and contents. The rest of the townhome unit received extensive smoke and water damage. Rutledge said no other information concerning the victim is not being released due to HIPAA laws. Gwinnett County Medical Examiners Office will investigate cause of death.

“This tragic fire is a reminder of the importance of incorporating home fire safety practices. Firefighters encourage residents to install working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly. Look for and eliminate home hazards that could cause a fire to start or grow in intensity,” Rutledge said, noting that October is Fire Prevention Month.

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