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Family of Eight Escapes House Fire

Fire took several hours for firefighters to bring under control. Home on Brock Road extensively damaged.

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A family of eight escaped from a late-night fire Saturday at their home in the 3700 block of Brock Road in Duluth.

The fire was reported about 10:45 p.m., and Gwinnett County Fire/Emergency Services arrived a few minutes later, according to Lt. Eric Eberly. It took several hours to put out the fire, he said.

Fire crews arrived to find a split-level residential structure with heavy fire and smoke showing from the carport and roof areas, Eberly reported. Firefighters immediately entered the home to battle the blaze, but were forced back out due to the intensity of the fire. They then adopted a defensive mode of operations. Using handlines, crews controlled the blaze and kept the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The house and its contents suffered extensive damage, he said.

A tenant family of two adults and six children made it out of the home safely prior to GCF/ES arrival, Eberly said. Everyone was in bed for the night at the time of the fire. One of the younger children went to get a drink of water and noticed the fire in the carport and utility room area, then alerted the parents. The initial GCF/ES report indicated there were two adults and four children who fled the fire.

There were no injuries. Fire investigators are attempting to determine the cause. The family is reportedly staying with relatives nearby. Anyone who would like to help the family may contact Sabrina Heard at s.heard@comcast.net.

Christina Reynolds October 30, 2011 at 09:52 PM
The article is incorrect in that it was a family of 8. Two adults and 6 children ages 2 to 12 1/2. They are staying with nearby family members now. Their family pet is still unaccounted for last heard.
Christina Reynolds October 30, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Additionally, they were tenants not homeowners. They were renting the home and had no renters insurance to cover their losses.
Faye Edmundson October 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Thank you for your comments. Your information was confirmed by the fire department spokesperson, and the story has been updated from the initial report.
Annette Rogers October 31, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Would you post an update if the pet is found? (I'm assuming is is the light colored, sweet dog that was always looking for a chance to go visit human friends across the street at the high school). Also, do any of the black and white cats belong to the family?
Faye Edmundson October 31, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Let Duluth Patch know if their family pet(s) are found.

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