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LAWRENCEVILLE — A house fire claimed the life of a dog Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett County Firefighters responded at 3:26 p.m. to a neighbor’s report of a house fire in on Brookshire Place in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The caller to 911 reported flames coming from the house.
Crews arrived to find heavy fire involvement on the back of a split-level wood frame house and in the attic. Firefighters made immediate entry inside to battle the blaze and conduct a primary search. There was no vehicle in the driveway and no one was found inside the house.
However, a dog was found dead by search crews as they cleared the residence.
The fire caused extensive damage to the structure.
The occupant was contacted by a neighbor and returned home as firefighters were extinguishing the flames. The man reportedly left the house earlier in the day and was not at home when the fire erupted.
Fire investigators say the blaze appears accidental and may have been the result of discarded smoking materials on the exterior of the house.