Update: Cooper Road fire Wednesday destroys home and displaces family of 5

Two family dogs believe deceased in the fire

(Grayson, Ga., January 22, 2020) – Firefighters responded at 4:32 pm on Wednesday afternoon to a passerby report of a house fire in the 900 block of Cooper Road, SW in Grayson. Multiple callers to 911 reported flames coming from the house. The home was completely destroyed by the fire, displaced a family of five and resulted in the loss of the family’s two pet dogs. The children attend Trinity Prep School in Loganville and the Trinity family is rallying around the family in their time of need. A GoFundMe account has been set up and any gift cards or donations can be dropped off at Trinity Prep School. The school is located at 2213 Commerce Drive in Loganville. Anyone wishing to drop of items of clothing, the following are the sizes.

Parker/Preston 12 bottoms, large shirts, size 5.5-6 shoes

Chase- 34/36 bottoms, large shirts, 11 shoes

Marty- 38/34 bottoms, xl shirts, 10.5 shoes

Christy -4/6 bottoms, small/med shirts, 8 shoes

“One of our families suffered a total loss on their home and all personal items including the loss of their 2 dogs! This family has twin boys in the 6th grade at TPS. We are asking for gift cards to restaurants, drug stores, grocery stores, Tj Max, Marshalls, Dicks and other clothing stores. They have no clothing other than what is on their body now and nothing else. Please bring cards or cash to the school office to collect. They will need our help in the upcoming weeks and months. Let’s pull together like the family we are and help this sweet family out in there time of need. This is a family of 5 (five),” Trinity Prep wrote on its Facebook page.

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services reported that responding fire crews could see a heavy column of dark smoke from a distance as they approached the scene of the large two-story wood-frame house fully involved.

Fire in 900 block of Cooper Road on Jan. 22, 2020. Photo credit: Gwinnett County Fire Emergency Services

“Crews deployed fire attack and water supply hose lines and positioned the first-arriving ladder truck for aerial operations. Firefighters operated in the defensive mode due to the magnitude of the fire and the partial collapse of the structure. Flames were burning on both levels and in the attic, forcing firefighters to knock down the bulk of the fire from the exterior. Crews flowed water from 3-handlines and 2-aerial ladder trucks to extinguish the blaze,” Capt. Tommy Rutledge, public information officer for GCFES said in a press release.

There was no one home at the time of the fire and no human injuries were reported, but it is believed that the family’s two dogs died in the blaze. The homeowner was contacted by a neighbor and returned to the home. She had reportedly left the home at about 3:15 p.m. to pick up the children from school. She allegedly had left a warming fire in the wood-burning stove and firefighters report that appeared to be the area where the fire began. Fire investigators have therefore not ruled that out as a potential cause of the fire. The exact cause, however, is undetermined and is under investigation according to officials.

The home and contents are considered a total loss. A tractor from Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources was requested by the Incident Commander to take down unstable walls in order to complete extinguishment and render the structure safe. The family declined Red Cross assistance and is currently being assisted by relatives and insurance company.

Fire in 900 block of Cooper Road on Jan. 22, 2020. Photo credit: Gwinnett County Fire Emergency Services

Initial story

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services are currently working to extinguish a fully-involved house fire in the 900 block of Cooper Road, SW in Grayson. According to Capt. Tommy Rutledge, public information officer for GCFES, the caller to 911 was a passerby who reported seeing flames coming from a large farmhouse near Rosebud Road.

“Crews are flowing multiple hand lines and two aerial ladders to bring the blaze under control,” Rutledge said. “There is no word yet on the cause of the fire and no injuries have been reported thus far.”


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