Fishing boats damaged by fire at Bass Pro were in for repair

Bass Pro Shop at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville

Update

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 10, 2020) – Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services report that the damaged boats were all customer-owned and were reportedly at the shop for repairs. GCFES public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge said that, according to Fire Investigators, the blaze originated from one of the boats in the lot and spread to the other three that were located in close proximity.

“The exact cause of the fire is still undetermined and is under active investigation. The blaze sent thick smoke across the interstate as crews applied water and firefighting foam to extinguish the flames. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the building,” Rutledge said. “There were no injuries reported.”

Initial Story

Lawrenceville, Ga  – Gwinnett CountyFirefighters responded to a report of a fire at 10:12 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020 at the Bass Pro Shop, located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, NW in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The caller to 911 reported that two boats against the building were on fire.

“Crews arrived at 10:17 pm to find heavy smoke and flames showing from several boats in the parking lot on the I-85 side of the building. Firefighters quickly deployed fire attack hose lines and began an aggressive attack to control the flames and protect exposures,” Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer, Capt. Tommy Rutledge, said in a press release. “Additional units were assigned to check for extension inside the building and on the roof. Mall Security was requested to provide a condition report inside Sugarloaf Mills Mall. A temporary evacuation of anyone inside the structure was initiated until the situation was declared under control at 10:34 pm.”

Rutledge said the fire was contained to an area of the parking lot that is used for storage but the blaze caused heavy damage to four bass fishing boats and trailers. Nothing extended into the building or the roof and mall security confirmed that no smoke or fire entered the actual mall.

The department’s Hazmat Team was requested to check for potential runoff in a nearby storm drain due to firefighting efforts and Rutledge said no significant runoff was detected.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. A fire investigator has responded to the scene to determine the original and exact cause of the fire.

Photo credit: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services

 

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