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Illegal fireworks spark Gwinnett business fire

8:26 AM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Illegal fireworks are to blame for a Thursday morning business fire in Gwinnett County, according to fire officials.

Crews responded to the fire at World Finance on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville at around 4:30 a.m., according to Gwinnett County Fire spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden.

Fire crews quickly contained and then put out the fire. Rhoden said the roof of World Finance sustained moderate damage, while the inside of the business suffered minor fire and water damage. The adjoining business, Las Cañas, had minor smoke damage; fire crews also broke through its front glass door to get to the fire, Rhoden said.

According to Rhoden, the fire began when illegal fireworks landed on the roof after being shot from a nearby parking lot. Investigators are now working to determine who set off the fireworks.

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