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Building in Buford business district damaged by fire
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Gwinnett firefighters responded to a fire in the historic business district of downtown Buford on Monday afternoon. (Feb. 5, 2019)

A building in downtown Buford was damaged after a fire Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responded at 12:41 p.m. to a report of a fire in the 100 block of East Main Street in the historic business district, according to Donald Strother, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The 9-1-1 caller reported that smoke was coming out of the crawlspace, and crews arriving on scene confirmed that, finding smoke coming from the back of a three-story commercial structure. Firefighters also observed “active water flow coming from inside of the building,” according to Strother.

Firefighters had to force entry by using a saw to cut through two doors. While the firefighters were working on gaining access, other crews were rapidly evacuating adjacent businesses until the fire could be located and extinguished.  

Upon entry, crews found two sprinkler heads that had been activated, but the fire had begun to spread up a wall on the first floor and toward the second floor. Firefighters used hoses to stop the fire from spreading.

The building suffered extensive water damage, moderate smoke damage and minor fire damage, according to Strother. There were no reported injuries.
Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental and electrical in nature.

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