(Lawrenceville, Ga.) A fire Saturday morning, May 4, 2019, caused “significant fire and smoke damage to the Bulls-Eye gun range in historic downtown Lawrenceville.
According to a press release from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, at 10:18 am, firefighters responded to a report of a business fire on the 200 block of West Crogan Street SW in the historic business district of downtown Lawrenceville inside the gun range. The caller to 9-1-1 reported that fire was inside of the gun range.
“As crews left their fire station they could see a heavy column of smoke rising towards the skyline. Upon their arrival, fire personnel found a two-story commercial structure with heavy brown smoke pushing horizontally and vertically out of the front door. The building had been safely evacuated prior to the arrival of fire apparatus,” GCFES reported in a press release. “Two hand lines were swiftly deployed as firefighters began making their attack through the front door. Combining the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) and information obtained from pre-incident building planning, fire crews were able to overcome the challenges that zero visibility and an unconventional floorplan presented.”
The officer in charge at the scene reported that, due to the material inside of the building, there was a lot of heat trapped inside causing the potential for a HAZMAT incident. The fire was suppressed with the assistance of a foam pack and crews were able to confine the blaze to the left-rear side of the building. But due to the building size and location of the fire, a second water source was necessary, allowing for additional crews to fight the fire from outside.
“Without any windows to open up and assist in cooling the inside of the building, the command decision was made to ventilate the roof. Conditions on the roof had been compromised, making it unsafe to put anyone up there. Ground ladders were strategically positioned allowing firefighters to put a K-12 Fire Rescue Saw and a chainsaw into operation and cut open portions of the roof,” GCFES added.
The fire was put out in less than an hour, but there was significant damage to the gun range. The retail side of the business, however, was not affected. The fire investigator said that the range was designed for rifles and the blaze started at the back of the range where it was specifically designed for rifles due to the use of tracer rounds.
No injuries were reported.