Fire destroys business at Gwinnett shopping center, damages 3 others

Fire destroys business at Gwinnett shopping center, damages 3 others
Photo: Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Gwinnett County officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a business and damaged three others at a shopping center.

Fire crews were sent to the Hamilton Plaza on Auburn Road about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after a police officer in the area saw smoke coming from a suite, department spokesman Lt. Justin Wilson said.

The blaze had consumed the Logan’s Boutique suite in the middle of the shopping center. The flames broke through the roof before firefighters arrived at the scene, Wilson said.

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Fire investigators said the shopping center does not have automatic fire sprinklers. The two businesses that saw the brunt of the damage do not have monitored fire alarms, officials said. First responders worked for over an hour to bring the fire under control, Wilson said. Logan’s Boutique, where the fire originated, was a total loss. Unique Tan, which is on the left of the boutique, suffered fire damage and Tobacco Palace and Del Rio Mexican Grill both had smoke and water damage.

CrossFit Pure had some smoke inside the building, but was ventilated by fire crews, officials said. The other businesses were not damaged. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear. An investigation is ongoing.