Homes in Snellville, Lilburn burn; one destroyed

LAWRENCEVILLE - One house was completely destroyed and another one damaged in two fires reported Saturday.

A two-story home on Galdway Drive in Snellville caught fire around 3:51 a.m., said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. No one was injured in the blaze, and the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Rutledge said 30 firefighters fought the blaze, which was under control at 5:25 a.m.

A neighbor called to report that there were flames showing from the brick house, Rutledge said. The two adults who live there were out of town. Rutledge said the cause of the fire is undetermined. Firefighters are using a trackhoe to remove debris from the area, including two cars that are being removed with a wrecker.

Another fire, at 5635 Brady Drive in Lilburn, caused damage to the basement of a home, said Lt. Craig Stanley, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Stanley said a passerby called that blaze in around 7 p.m., and that the home was believed to be vacant. The fire was under control by 7:30 p.m.

The cause of that fire is also unknown.

Stanley said the house had moderate damage to the basement and smoke damage throughout. When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming through the attic.