Fundraiser launched for Clayton deputy who lost home in fire

No one was injured in the overnight blaze at the home on Burning Oak Way near Snellville.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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No one was injured in the overnight blaze at the home on Burning Oak Way near Snellville.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Sheriff’s office K-9 suffers minor injuries in blaze

A Clayton County sheriff’s deputy, his wife and three children lost everything when a fire ripped through their Gwinnett County home just days before Christmas.

Deputy Jamal Hunter was working when he received a call from his son Tuesday informing him that their house was on fire, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“Hunter rushed home to discover that his home was a total loss and that all of his personal belongings were destroyed,” one friend wrote on a GoFundMe page launched to help the deputy’s family. Hunter has three children who are 12, 9 and 7, according to the fundraising page.

Everyone made it out of the home safely but Hunter’s police dog, K-9 Scout, suffered burns to his feet in the fire, deputies told the news station. Officials said the dog is resting comfortably but may need to undergo surgery for its burns, according to Channel 2.

As of Saturday morning, the page had raised more than $9,800 for the deputy’s family, nearly reaching its $10,000 goal.

“Hunter is extremely grateful for the incredible (outpouring) of support he has received during this difficult time,” one update read. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

This story was first reported by Channel 2 Action News.

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