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Storms cause house fires, fatal accident

Weather went awry and firefighters kept busy around Gwinnett on Monday evening, as they responded to 122 total incidents in less than a four-hour span.

With severe storms popping up around the county, firefighters saw the full gambit of action between 4:30 and 8 p.m., everything from business and house fires to a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Due to the sheer volume of calls, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said, the department implemented its Emergency Operations Plan, placing additional equipment and personnel into service.

"There were some significant calls during the course of the storm," Rutledge said. "We even had Hall County come in on mutual aid and stand by on two of our fire houses."

Of 17 reported fires Monday, only five were working fires in which significant damage was sustained, Rutledge said. Blazes in Snellville, Duluth, Lawrenceville and Lilburn caused serious damage to houses.

Crews also responded to a motor vehicle that spun off the road and hit a tree on Monfort Drive in Lawrenceville. The adult female driver, one of three passengers, was dead at the scene.

The other two passengers were transported to the hospital with injuries. It is unknown if weather had anything to do with the accident. It is still under investigation.

One firefighter was also taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for over exertion, Rutledge said.