LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Gwinnett County firefighters evacuated several small businesses as they tackled a fire Monday.
Meg Earhart, owner of Sparkles Designs, said she smelled a strange odor in the morning. Then, neighbors saw smoke.
“We got what we could out,” Earhart told Kavanaugh.
Earhart grabbed some of her art and jewelry but had to leave a lot behind.
Africart’s Sheila Nyandebvu said she was startled by the fire.
"All of a sudden, someone opens the door and lets me know there was a fire. I couldn’t even smell it," Nyandebvu said. "(I) just managed to grab my computer and my handbag, and I couldn’t think of anything else so (I) just left."
She watched and waited as the firefighters gathered in front of her store, hoping smoke and water didn't ruin anything. Most of the business owners said they were just happy to be safe.
"It's just stuff. Everybody's out. That's the important thing. There's no people trapped in there. The rest of it is stuff, it can be replaced," Earhart said.