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Fire hits former Buford Tannery
No one hurt as warehouse blaze rages
Fire rages Tuesday night in Buford at a building known as the former Buford Tannery.

No one was injured Tuesday night in Buford as a warehouse fire raged at a building known as the old Buford Tannery, a Gwinnett County fire official said.

Firefighters were called to the scene just before 7 p.m.and found the building about 50 percent involved in fire, said Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Flames were pouring from the front windows and already through the roof when the first firetrucks arrived.

The tannery was the site of a major blaze in the early 1980s, he said.

Crews are allowing the fire to burn itself out due to potential plumbing chemicals and the former use of the building as a tannery decades ago, Rutledge said. The move is precautionary in order to control any possible runoff issues due to water from the fire hoses.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor the area and contain the fire, he said. Part of the building was being used by a former plumbing business, which is reportedly no longer open in the process of vacating the property.

No one was at the building when the fire department arrived, and no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the fire department.

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