Lightning strike starts house fire

DULUTH - A lightning strike sparked a fire Wednesday that caused significant damage to a two-story house in Duluth.

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:31 p.m. to 3964 Leeward Court after a passing motorist noticed the blaze, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. No one was home - the residents were out of town, Rutledge said.

The flames were brought under control by 10:22 p.m. There was significant damage to the interior of the house and smoke damage throughout the dwelling.

Man admits to burning woman's purse

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man burned his girlfriend's purse Sunday after the couple got into an argument at his house on East Morningside Drive, according to a police report.

The girlfriend told police that Mohammad Anwar Salim, 28, became irate when she told him she was going to a party. She claimed that Salim said "I'll settle this situation" and then walked outside and set her purse on fire.

Salim admitted to burning the purse, but he told a different story. Salim told police he torched the purse after arriving home to find his girlfriend and his roommate "making out" on the front porch.

Salim was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.

- From wire reports