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Brush fires pop up in Norcross, Duluth

NORCROSS - A brush fire started by children came close to burning several houses and an apartment building Monday in Norcross.

The blaze consumed about an acre and a half of land on Devonshire Court in Norcross. Flames spread quickly because of the dry brush and high winds, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

He said the cause of the fire was determined to be children playing outside with a lighter.

"Matches and lighters are tools, not toys," Rutledge said. "They are meant to be used by adults. Parents should keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children."

Another fast-moving grass fire burned between two houses on Ga. Highway 120 near Norman Circle in Duluth. Firefighters had to close down the road Monday afternoon due to smoke conditions.

The smaller fire consumed approximately a half-acre of land between two houses. At press time, no cause had been found for that fire. There were no injuries or structural damage reported in either incident, Rutledge said.