Gwinnett home ‘heavily damaged’ in fire, 4 kittens missing

The cause of a fire that “heavily damaged” a Lawrenceville home Wednesday afternoon is still under investigation, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.

The fire began around 3 p.m., when a resident woke up from a nap and went to a screened-in porch to check on four kittens who were sleeping under an electric blanket. When the resident opened the door to the porch, she heard a “pop” and saw flames erupt from the ceiling to the floor. The resident was able to evacuate the home with her dog, but the kittens have not been found, the fire department said.

The flames spread to a carport that was adjacent to the home, destroying it and the car that was underneath. The home’s kitchen was also destroyed, and the rest of the home sustained “significant” heat and smoke damage.

Firefighters arrived to the home at 3:18 p.m. and extinguished most of the fire within 17 minutes, the department said. By 3:53 p.m., the fire was officially deemed under control.

This was the fifth significant fire in Gwinnett County this week. Another home in Lawrenceville was damaged in a Tuesday afternoon fire.  A Saturday evening blaze displaced seven people in Lawrenceville. U.S. 78 was shut down in Snellville for hours while crews battled a fire at a vacant home in the early hours of Monday, Nov. 26. Another Monday morning fire displaced five people and killed a pet rabbit in Lawrenceville.

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