Monday, April 13, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Firefighters responded to a report of flames shooting from the roof of the just-unveiled Gwinnett Braves Stadium in Lawrenceville during a hectic Monday morning for emergency personnel across Gwinnett.
Authorities arrived about 11:30 a.m. to find the bulk of the fire put out by workers at the Buford Drive facility who used portable fire extinguishers. The fire was contained to a large commercial air-conditioning unit on the stadium's roof, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.
No structural damage to the building or injuries were reported.
"The fire was brought under control quickly, and sent (light smoke) into upper-floor suites," Rutledge said. "Firefighters were able to remove the smoke from the building."
Nearby in Suwanee, a falling tree struck a Suwanee police officer in the head, hospitalizing him.
The unidentified officer had stopped his cruiser when a storm-blown tree fell across the roadway on Interstate 85 southbound near a defunct rest area north of the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road exit, police said.
A second tree fell across the vehicle's roof and struck the officer in the head, said Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers. The officer was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, Byers said.
Gwinnett police reported several dangerous locations throughout Gwinnett where trees and power lines lay toppled by the morning's high wind gusts.
Most notably, trees fell at the following intersections, according to police: Rockbridge Road at Centerville Highway; Lake Drive at Woodland Drive; and Williams Road at Amberly Drive, along with several other locations.
Traffic lights fell at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Ga. Highway 120, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
Spellman reminded drivers to treat intersections with malfunctioning or downed traffic lights as four-way stops.