Capt. Tommy Rutledge with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said one person was treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire in the 110 block of Buring Bush Drive in the Loganville area of Gwinnett County. He said a caller reported to the 911 center that the back deck was engulfed in flames.
“Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the back of a two-story wood frame house on a basement. Flames were already burning on all floors and in the attic when fire trucks arrived. Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines and attempted an aggressive interior attack on the advancing flames. They were eventually forced to back-out and had to battle the blaze from outside, due to intense fire conditions fueled by the wind,” Rutledge said in a press release. “Crews flowed water from multiple hose lines and an aerial ladder device to knock-down the bulk of the flames and protect exposures.”
Rutledge said one person was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville for evaluation of smoke exposure, but he was already outside the home when crews arrived. He said a partial collapse of the roof hampered fire control measures, but when crews went back in there were no other occupants of the home. However, the structure and contents sustained heavy damage rendering the home a total loss. The adults and one child were displaced due to the damage and the American Red Cross was contacted to assist them.