Motorcycle repair causes fire in duplex

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville resident was treated for minor burns after a back-porch motorcycle repair job ignited a duplex fire Sunday night.

An occupant of 478 Southern Way was working on the motorcycle when the gasoline reached an ignition source, said Lt. Craig Stanley of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived after the 7:30 p.m. 911 call, they found heavy fire on the back porch of one duplex unit.

That unit sustained extensive damage, but Stanley said the second unit may be salvageable from the water and smoke that reached it.

Stanley said the injured person was treated and taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for minor burns.

The fire has been ruled accidental, and firefighters don't know what ignited the gasoline.

"People need to be careful with using gasoline," he said. "It can easily reach an ignition source without you realizing it."

The Red Cross is assisting the people displaced by the blaze - five adults and two children living in the unit that was destroyed and three adults living in the second unit of duplex.

Blaze destroys abandoned house

An early morning fire Monday destroyed a house in Loganville.

Stanley said no one was home when the blaze erupted at 1:53 a.m. at 1467 Virgil Moon Road in Loganville.

The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the one-story residential house. Stanley said the house is believed to be abandoned.