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One Person Hurt, One Cat Saved in Apartment Fire (Updated)

Sunday morning fire at the Lake Sweetwater Apartments damaged eight units.

One person was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation from a Sunday morning fire that damaged eight units at the in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

The apartments are located at 3100 Sweetwater Road.

According to Gwinnett Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden, 14 people were displaced by the fire, which was reported by a 911 caller around 7 a.m. The fire was under control before 8 a.m.

Rhoden reported heavy damage to second-floor apartments on the backside of the building. Residents from 14 units were evacuated. No other injuries were reported. The person sent to the hospital was a female, according to the report.

  • Updated 4:22 p.m.: Rhoden reported that invetigators determined the fire to be accidental. He said the fire was started by a cigarette that was thrown into a plastic pail, which was located on a wooden deck. No arrests have been made.

 “There is a bit of comforting news,” Rhoden said in an emailed press release. “A cat was rescued from the most heavily involved apartment unit, the cat appears to be in good health and firefighters will get the assistance of Animal Control to unite the cat with its family.”

Rhoden said firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor and attic. They went door-to-door to evacuate residents; Rhoden said all residents at home during the incident were evacuated.

“During the evacuation phase of the fire, firefighter/paramedics treated a female patient for smoke inhalation and transported her to the hospital,” Rhoden wrote in the press release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Rhoden said.

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