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Sister, 16, and Brother, 5, Saved by Smoke Alarm in Mid-Day House Fire

The family dog also made it out of the Norcross-area fire.

Gwinnett County, Ga.., fire news
Gwinnett County, Ga.., fire news

A 16-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother were awakened by a smoke alarm and escaped unharmed from a mid-day house fire Thursday near Norcross.

The children were still asleep around 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29 at a home on Sharon Drive. Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the family’s dog also made it out.

Indications are that the fire started in the kitchen area, where the most damage was seen. The blaze also sent smoke and heat throughout the house.

Rutledge said the exact cause has not been determined, but credits the smoke alarm for giving the kids time to escape.

“Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms on every level and in each of the bedrooms,” Rutledge said.

For more info on home fire safety, call the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678-518-4845 or email fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com.

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