Firefighters with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call about a house on fire near the 2300 block of Gravel Springs Road in Buford on Monday, Aug. 22.

A caller had followed the smoke from the interstate to find a home on fire near the 2300 block of Gravel Springs Road in Buford. Special photo.

At 6:29 p.m., firefighters were dispatched. The caller who reported the fire told dispatchers they had followed heavy smoke they saw from the interstate and found a house “with fire blowing through the roof.”

“Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family dwelling on a crawl space with flames venting through the center of the roof line,” Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services wrote in a post on social media.

Crews quickly got to work extinguishing the flames by deploying four attack lines after having found a positive water source some 500 feet away. Firefighters were able to use their attack hoses to enter the ground floor of the dwelling, which they found to be mostly free of flames. They discovered the bulk of the fire to be in the attic.

Primary and secondary searches were conducted of the residence confirming the house was vacant at the time of the fire. The property owner was contacted and told fire crews the house was indeed vacant and was undergoing renovations.

The fire was brought under control at 6:58 p.m. No injuries were sustained at the scene. Firefighters were cycled through rehab and placed back into service.

The cause of the fire was ruled as accidental in nature by fire investigators.

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