UPDATE: Seventy-Year-Old Man and his Dog are Dead After House Fire
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — April 16, 2018 (patch.com). According to an online news report from patch.com, a seventy-year-old man and his dog perished in a house fire on Sunday, April 15, 2018.*
A Lawrenceville man in his seventies and his dog are dead following a fatal house fire in the eighty block of Bleeker Street. Emergency personnel searched for the man’s wife, who was not accounted for at the time of the fire. She was eventually found unharmed, as she was visiting her daughter when the fire occurred. One of the couple’s dogs inside the home perished in the blaze. The other dog was found uninjured. No other injuries are reported.
Firefighters from the Gwinnett County Fire Department arrived on the scene at around 11:19 a.m., following a 911 call which reported hearing a sound similar to an explosion and witnessing flames and smoke coming out of the home. The caller reported not knowing whether anyone was inside the home when the fire started.
Crews reported seeing fire pouring out of the right side of the split level home, with flames coming out of the roof over the garage. When crews went inside of the burning home, they found the body of a deceased adult male.
The cause of the blaze and the death of the man are currently under investigation. The man’s body was sent to medical examiner’s office for identification and to determine his exact cause of death. The man’s name has not been released at this time.
Investigators of the fire report that the explosion may have been caused by oxygen tanks and ammunition that were located in the burning part of the house.
No further details are available on the fire at this time. The fire does serve as a stark reminder to the public regarding fire safety. The Gwinnett County Fire Department states that every house must have working smoke alarms on every level thereof, including in each bedroom. Families are also urged to develop a fire escape plan and fire drills so that everyone knows what to do and where to go in the event of a fire.
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