Firefighters with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a residential fire in Buford on Thursday night, July 28, after a resident called 911 to report that his home was on fire and that he had heard explosions.

Fire crews worked to extinguish a fire in the 2800 block of Pebblebrook Court in Buford on Thursday night. Special photo.

At 11:07 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to the 2800 block of Pebblebrook Court NE in Buford, and when they arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters immediately took measures to protect the neighbor’s house while also dedicating multiple master streams and fire hoses to the fire,” Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement released on social media. “Due to the volume of water required to battle the flames, firefighters connected to two hydrants at the scene.”

A resident of the home that caught fire said he heard explosions before he called 911. Special photo.

Crews faced numerous challenges, including downed power lines and a partial collapse of the second floor of the structure. Firefighters had the blaze brought under control by 1:47 a.m. Friday.

According to the fire department, there were no injuries reported to either civilians or firefighters. 

The fire displaced five adult residents, and the American Red Cross was called to help four of the residents. The fifth resident declined the offer, saying he would be staying with his father instead.

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire due to safety concerns. The collapse of the second floor made entering the home unsafe.

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