Heavy smoke and flames were present in the attic.
"The fire was burning heavily in the attic above the front foyer area and made it difficult for crews to gain access," said Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Public Information Officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge in an email to media. "Firefighters made a good stop on the flames and contained the majority of the fire damage to the attic. The first and second floors sustained extensive smoke and water damage."
"We are fortunate that the family was able to escape unharmed, especially given the magnitude of the fire in the attic on arrival," Rutledge said.
Rutledge added the family immediately recognized the emergency, called 911 for help and evacuated the home.
"The family did the right thing," he added.
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