A passerby alerted authorities to the fire after seeing heavy smoke coming from the two-story home. By the time firefighters arrived at the Nelson Brogdon Boulevard location, the wood frame house was fully involved.
"Firefighters had to battle the blaze from the outside (defensive mode) due to the magnitude of fire on arrival," explained Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Public Information Officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge. "Crews deployed multiple hose lines to control the fire."
The home, Rutledge added, is considered to be a total loss.
There were no injuries reported.
"The home had no utility service and there was no other reason for a fire to have started," Rutledge said. "The owner of the property was contacted and stated that there had been signs of vandalism to the home in the past."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigation Section at 678-518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hot Line at 1-800-282-5804. Georgia Arson Control offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for arson.
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