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Storm Causes Fire at Lawrenceville Apartment

It was a busy afternoon for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. Crews responded to 57 incidents during two-hour span.

A line of thunderstorms that moved through Gwinnett Wednesday evening resulted in numerous calls to the emergency center.

Between 4:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) crews responded to 57 incidents according to GCFES public information officer Lt. Colin S. Rhoden.

“With the high volume activity and extreme weather conditions, the residents of Gwinnett County were protected both efficiently and effectively,” Rhoden wrote in an email to media outlets.  “No injuries were reported at any of the incidents and significant damage was avoided at all but one.”

Firefighters responded to several major incidents during the July 18 storms. A fire at the Water Vistas Apartments in Lawrenceville was quickly extinguished and caused only minor damage. In Duluth, falling trees damaged two homes. Fire crews also dealt with two fires caused by lightning strikes -- one in the 2500 block of Amberbrook Lane in Grayson and the other in the 4600 block of Fairway View Court in Duluth. No one was injured in any of the incidents.

In addition, fire crews responded to six reports of downed wires, two reports of smoke odor in a residences, one storage building fire, 17 fire alarm activation calls, one call to assist a citizen with a water problem and eight motor vehicle collisions.

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