A residential unit was heavily damaged but no one was injured during an April 15 fire at a Buford duplex.
According to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge, two adult occupants were at the Dejohns Way home when the fire started and were alerted by the sound of glass breaking.
"One occupant tried to douse the flames with a bucket of water but was unsuccessful," Rutledge said in a released statement.
The occupants alerted the neighbors to evacuate and 911 was called.
Firefighters arrived at the scene at 10:42 p.m. -- four minutes after being dispatched. One side of the two-story duplex was heavily involved by that time.
"Firefighters deployed fire attack hoses and immediately entered the structure to battle the blaze and conduct a primary search," Rutledge said. "Firefighters worked aggressively and kept the fire from spreading to the adjoining duplex unit."
The fire was brought under control at 11:07 p.m.
The fire caused heavy damage inside the unit where the fire started and sent smoke into the adjoining unit.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Two adults in the heavily damaged unit were displaced. Two adults and two children in the adjoining unit were also displaced due to smoke and the fact power and gas were cut to the building as a result of the fire. None requested Red Cross assistance.
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