Gwinnett County

Family of 7 displaced after overnight fire destroys Gwinnett County home

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga — A family of seven has been displaced after a fire decimated their Gwinnett County home early Sunday morning.

Just before 4 a.m., Gwinnett County Fire crews arrived at a home in Lilburn and say they found heavy fire showing from the rear of a two-story home.

The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes, according to the department.

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The home sustained extensive fire damage throughout both floors. A home next door also sustained some minor damage, according to the fire department.

No injuries were reported, but two bearded dragons inside the home did not survive.

A man in the family told investigators he heard a noise while sleeping and found fire in the back of the home. The man, along with six family members, evacuated safely, according to the release. The home was equipped with smoke alarms, but they did not activate due to the location of the fire, according to fire officials.


The American Red Cross is assisting a family of seven, including three adults and four children.

Investigators say the fire originated inside the screened-in patio in the rear of the home. The exact cause of the fire remains undetermined.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

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