Man injured trying to save his dog from deadly house fire

A man was injured in a Gwinnett County house fire Friday after he went back inside the residence to save his dog from the blaze, fire officials said. 

The dog did not survive the fire, which ripped through the home in the 1300 block of Ashbrook Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville early Friday and killed another dog and a cat. 

Crews responded to the blaze about 2 a.m. after a 911 caller reported flames coming from the garage. 

According to officials, two residents were sleeping inside the home when the fire erupted. The smell of smoke woke them up, and they evacuated. A third adult lived at the residence, but officials have not said if that person was inside the home during the fire.

Two dogs and a cat were killed in a Gwinnett County house fire. (Credit: Gwinnett County Fire Department)

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Authorities said the injured man was treated at the scene for minor burns. He declined further evaluation.

Firefighters found the cat and the second dog during a search of the home. 

No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

The displaced residents are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

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