BUFORD — Occupants of a home in the 500 block of North Gwinnett Street in Buford were awoken by a neighbor who ran into their home to notify them that their home was on fire early Thursday morning.

The home sustained substantial damage to the interior of the home and a partial collapse of the roof on the back portion of the home. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:20 a.m. on June 3, 2021, after one of the occupants had called 9-1-1 and reported seeing a lot of flames by the back part of the home.

Upon arrival, fire crews found the home which was a single-story home on a crawl space “well-involved.” Firefighters immediately set to work on extinguishing the fire from the outside of the home. The fire had already consumed a good portion of the home by that time.

Safety concerns were high for the crews fighting the blaze due to multiple utility lines running to the roof of the home. The City of Buford responded to the scene and cut the power to the home.

As the fire began to be contained, firefighters were able to switch to an interior attack on the blaze.  While inside, they did a quick primary search on the front side of the building where they did not locate anyone.  Attempts to search the back bedrooms were initially hampered by the partial collapse of that area of the home. While putting out hot spots, a more thorough search of the residence was conducted and all residents were accounted for.

The home sustained major damage on the inside, as well as a partial collapse of the roof.

The occupants advised fire personnel on the scene that it was a neighbor who had woken them up by coming through their front door to notify them of the fire.  They said that their smoke alarms which were installed by the fire department just a few months prior went off just as they were beginning to vacate the home.

No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the two occupants of the home.

The fire investigator responded to the scene to begin the process of determining the origin of the fire.

One ladder truck, three fire engines, one squad, one air and light truck unit, one medic unit, two battalion chiefs and a fire investigator all responded to the scene of the fire.

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