A mother and two daughters have died in a house fire in Tucker, officials say.
Firefighters were still on the scene of a fully involved house fire in the 1000 block of Pointer Ridge in Tucker, shortly after 10 p.m., Tommy Rutledge, a spokesman for Gwinnett County Fire Department, said.
“The home was engulfed in flames,” Rutledge said.
The father, who made it out of the house with non-life-threatening injuries, let firefighters know his wife and daughters, ages 9 and 12, were still inside, Rutledge said.
“They had to battle this blaze from the outside,” Rutledge said, because the two-story house with a basement had extensive structural damage and firefighters couldn’t immediately enter.
A neighbor, Charles Fleck, said he and his wife gave the husband and father a blanket.
“We had seen the house on fire, amazingly on fire” Fleck said. “When we went around to check it out, we could see the husband was distraught. His two daughters were inside.”
Fleck said his neighbor was covered in soot.
Rutledge confirmed paramedics were treating the man as of 10:30 p.m. and he had not yet been to the hospital.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and an investigation is ongoing, Rutledge said.