A man and his young daughter were burned during a Thursday morning fire at their home on Daniel Lane. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Investigators have yet to determine what triggered the Thursday morning fire that sent a Lawrenceville man and his young daughter to the hospital.
Gwinnett County firefighters were called to the blaze at 1451 Daniel Lane at about 10:40 a.m., finding “heavy fire showing from the back of the single-story house.” They also found two residents who were home at the time: an adult male and a female toddler, believed to be about 20 months old.
Both had “burns to their bodies,” fire department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said, and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Rhoden declined to release more information on the severity of the burns, but local patients are typically taken to Grady — which has a well-regarded burn center — only if injuries are serious.
The exact cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday, but Rhoden said it originated in the home’s attic “in the area of an electrical light fixture.” The home, particularly the living room, kitchen and fireplace area, sustained heavy damage.
Neighbor Roy Nicoll said he heard an explosion, saw “a flash” and called 911 before seeing the male run out of his backdoor with the child in his arms. Nicoll said his neighbor, whose name he didn’t know, was “hurting” but that the young girl appeared to be “just mostly scared.”
“His back was burnt and the little baby just had singed hair and maybe a burn (on her forehead),” he said.
One dog, which Nicoll described as a mutt named Chief, was killed in the fire. Another dog was found alive and well but a third, a black daschund, was missing.