The first fire at the Century Sugarloaf Apartments on Old Norcross Road happened on June 19. Firefighters responded to an alarm and discovered a fire in a storage unit, which they extinguished without the structure being damaged. The apartment manager alerted firefighters to a break-in at the maintenance building, according to Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett Fire Department.
The second fire occurred just after midnight on August 8 in a vacant apartment, which was being used as a decorated model for the complex. That fire was contained to a stack of bed mattresses in the kitchen that were set ablaze. As in the first fire, a sprinkler system kept flames from spreading, Rutledge said.