GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — On Friday, May 19 Gwinnett County fire crews responded to a house fire near the 1900 block of Lebanon Road in Lawrenceville.
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Authorities said crews initially received reports of a large fire in an open field, but when they arrived they realized it was actually a 15,000-square-foot home in flames.
Fire officials said there were heavy flames in the home’s basement that spread to the first and second floors. Channel 2′s Matt Johnson was on the scene as crews used over a thousand feet of supply hose line from the hydrant on the road to the structure and used another fire truck to increase the pressure from the hydrant to the home due to lack of water pressure.
Due to the size of the fire, firefighters were forced to evacuate the home and fight the fire from the outside of the home.
Fire officials said they contacted Gwinnett County Police Departments Aviation Unit to fly their helicopter equipped with a 100-gallon Bambi bucket to drop water from above the fire. The helicopter made 22 passes over the fire to help bring it under control and by 9:43 a.m. firefighters were able to get the flames under control.
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The home was vacant and no one was injured at the time of the fire.
Firefighters were able to make contact with the owner.
The investigation is ongoing.
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