Update 11:55am - Gwinnett County Fire investigators determined the fire began in the garage, however, they do not know the exact cause. Capt. Rutledge says there were smoke detectors present in the home, however, it is not known if they were working.
A man and a woman were seriously injured in an early morning fire on Lester Road in unincorporated Gwinnett County Thursday.
At about 4:30am, 911 received a call from a passerby about the fire at 278 Lester Road in Lawrenceville, right near the Lilburn line.
The caller did not know if anyone was home at the time so they knocked on the door, but there was no response.
When crews arrived, the garage and part of the single story house was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters found an older man and woman unresponsive inside the home and carried them to safety. Crews performed advanced life support measures on the two as they took them to Gwinnett Medical Center. Their condition is unknown according to Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge.
Mark Davis lives in the area and is neighborly with the man who lived in the house. Although, he did not know their names, he would wave and chat with the man on occasion. “He’s a great guy, I see him out there cutting his yard and I hope he’s okay,” said Davis. He estimates the man was about 60 years old.
The home and a car inside the garage are deemed a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known.
Scott Bernarde contributed to this report.