Friday, March 9, 2012
The house wasn't occupied and no one was injured when a fire broke out Friday morning.
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Friday, March 9, 2012
A fire that broke out Friday morning totally destroyed a house on Indian Way in Lilburn, the Gwinnett County fire department said. The house wasn't occupied and no one was injured, according to Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. "The blaze caused a total loss of the structure," Rutledge said in an email. People who had been living in the house returned Friday morning and told firefighers that they are in the process of moving out. Only a "few minor contents" were found inside the house, Rutledge said. The blaze was already intense by the time firefighters responded at about 6 a.m. Friday. They were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby houses. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
No injuries were reported in a fire that displaced two adults and two teenagers.
A three-engine fire has displaced a Lilburn family of four, two adults and two teenagers, Wednesday night. The family wasn't home when the fire started and came home as neighbors were calling 911. Gwinnett County firefighters arrived to find the rear of the two-storey house engulfed in flames, said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the fire department, in an email. The fire caused "extensive damage" to the attic and porch, and part of the deck collapsed, Rutledge said. The fire appears to have started beneath the screened porch, and the cause is under investigation. "Firefighters worked aggressively to control the blaze using multiple hoselines," Rutledge said, and had the fire under control within 35 minutes after arriving on the scene.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Police and fire investigators looking into a series of more than 20 intentionally set trash bin fires.
UPDATED Dec. 28 at 11:16 a.m. Several trash cans were burned, but no one was injured in a string of arson incidents that occurred on Dec. 22 in the Dacula area. A New Hope Road resident arrived home shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 22 to find Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services personnel extinguishing two flaming trash cans at her residence. The incident was just one of eight reported that evening. Police and firefighters were also called to homes on Gracebrook Drive, Luke Edwards Road and Indian Bluffs Drive. The eight incidents were the latest in a series of intentionally set trash bin fires in the Dacula and Lawrenceville areas dating back to August according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer …
Friday, December 2, 2011
A cell tower at the corner of Rockbridge and Lilburn-Stone Mountain roads caught fire Friday afternoon.
Updated at 8 a.m. Saturday A cell tower will be taken down that caught fire in unincorporated Lilburn near the corner of Rockbridge and Lilburn-Stone Mountain roads Friday afternoon. Firefighters were on the scene until about 6:30 p.m. Friday, when the fire was considered to be out and power was cut to the tower, said Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. A contracting company was welding on the tower, and that seems to have sparked the fire, which burned along the transmisison cables that run up the tower, Rutledge said. The tower rises above a daycare center, and the children were evacuated to a nearby Ingles parking lot. There's also a gas station on the corner in front of the tower. Rockbridge …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Gwinnett County is the only Fire and Emergency Services department in the state to receive this accreditation and one of only two in the southeast.
Having an accident or a medical emergency is never a good thing - but should it occur, Gwinnett County is probably the best place for it to happen. Officials from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services called a press conference Wednesday to announce that GCFES has recently received a prestigious accreditation for its paramedic training program. Not only is GCFES the first fire department in the state to receive this accreditation, but it is also one of only two in the southeast and one of very few in the nation. The only other agency in Georgia that carries the accreditation is GCFES’s partners in the endeavor, Gwinnett Technical College. “Emergency medical calls are a large part of what we do here in Gwinnett, so we want to provide …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
No one was injured and only one apartment unit was damaged in a fire on Burns Road Saturday evening.
Gwinnett County firefighters responding to a blaze at an apartment complex early Saturday evening on Burns Road were able to contain the fire to one unit. No one was injured, the fire department said. Four engines responded to the scene of a fire that was found on the patio area of a two-storey apartment in the 4800 block of Burns Road, Lieutenant Eric Eberly said in an emailed release. "Their quick actions contined the fire to the unit of origin with slight extension into the attic of the building," Eberly said of the firefighteres. The fire was under control within 17 minutes of the first crew being dispatched, he said. The family that lived there wasn't home at the time. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Gwinnett County fire recruits face fire for the first time on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 25 Gwinnett County fire recruits faced a live fire for the first time during their 16-week certification class. Held at the burn building at the Gwinnett County Fire Academy in Dacula, the live burn is a culmination of all the skills the recruits have learned over the first eight weeks of certification. According to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge, the purpose of the training is to teach recruits the proper methods for controlling an interior fire and conducting primary search operations. During the exercise, the recruits wore full protective clothing and rotated through drills inside the burn building. "If you think its hot just being out in the summer sun, throw on an …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Funds donated to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Last month, more than 100 fire departments across the state participated in the 21st Annual “Give Burns the Boot” boot drive. During the drive, Gwinnett County firefighters collected a total of $52,158 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Donations are used to help citizens and firefighters who have suffered a severe burn injury. Ten percent of the proceeds are returned to the department in the form of smoke alarms and educational materials used to support fire and life safety programs within the community. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bill Myers expressed his thanks to those who participated in the boot drive. “The amount of money donated by Gwinnett County residents demonstrates public support of our …