A house fire on Saturday evening resulted in extensive damage to a Loganville area home and has displaced a family of five, according to Justin Wilson, a public information officer with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. Wilson reports that the Gwinnett 911 center received a call at 6:56 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from a neighbor of the home in the 1000 block of Rozena Place SW in the unincorporated Gwinnett County area of Loganville. The house was on fire and all occupants were reported to be out of the house at that time.
“Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two-story, wood-framed residence on a partial basement with heavy fire involvement throughout the front of the structure. Crews quickly deployed defensive hose lines to prevent exposure to nearby homes. An aerial apparatus was operated to knock down the bulk of the blaze,” Wilson said in a press release. “After knocking down the fire, crews were able to enter the structure and complete extinguishment. A primary search of the structure was also completed. The fire caused extensive damage to the entire home.”
Wilson said an adult occupant said he saw a “flicker” from the front of the home and found it on fire when he investigated. He attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but when he was unsuccessful he evacuated the children from the home. Smoke detectors were not alerted due to the fact that the fire originated in the front porch outside of the home. Wilson said the cause is undetermined and currently under active investigation.
“Firefighters encourage all citizens to practice home fire safety. Be sure to install working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each bedroom,” Wilson said. “Develop a home escape plan and practice fire drills regularly.”
The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the two adults and three children who were displaced by the fire.