Gwinnett County fire investigators are not ruling out the possibility that an electrical issue started a fire which displaced three families at an apartment complex in unincorporated Norcross on Thursday night.

Firefighters were called to the apartment complex located on the 1100 block of Forest Vale Way NW at 8:38 p.m., according to Driver Engineer Donald Strother. They arrived to find flames in the walls, flooring system and attic of the two-story, wood-framed apartment building. Four units were damaged by the fire, although one of those units was unoccupied.

“Per the District Commander, multiple attack lines were deployed as fire personnel began suppression activities,” Strother said. “Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the left side of the structure and protect four units from damage on the right side of the building. The blaze caused heavy fire damage in the attic with moderate smoke and fire damage along the party wall and bathrooms to four units.”

The three occupied units that sustained damage were home to a total of eight adults and five children. The American Red Cross helped get the families into temporary housing. Although investigators are not ruling out an electrical problem as a possible cause of the fire, they have not been able to determine an exact cause yet.

None of the residents were harmed by the fire, but one firefighter had a minor injury. Strother said the firefighter continued working to battle the fire, however.

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