Smoke detector alerts residents to fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters kept a fire contained to a bedroom mattress early Saturday after an occupant reported the Lawrenceville home was on fire.

The fire was reported at 12:07 a.m. Saturday in a home at 1870 Snow Hill Court in Lawrenceville. All occupants escaped without injury, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

The occupants were alerted by a smoke detector and quickly fled the home. Firefighters had the blaze under control about 12:30 a.m.

The fire caused damage to the bedroom of the split-foyer house, but did not extend past its place of origin, Rutledge said.

Investigators are still looking for a cause, he said.

Fire evacuates apartments

DULUTH - Firefighters were forced to evacuate a Duluth apartment building - and "open the walls" in five units - in order to track down an elusive fire Friday night, an official said.

About 10:30 p.m., crews responded to the Promenade at Berkley Apartments after occupants reported a smoky odor in several units.

Eventually, firefighters evacuated an entire two-story apartment building in order to pinpoint the small fire.

Crews were forced to cut into the wall of five units, which are located in the 700 block of Northwoods Lake Court.

"Occupants were home at the time in the majority of the units and escaped unharmed," said Gwinnett fire spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

Rutledge said the cause appeared to be accidental and may have started from a clothes dryer vent.

Fire officials contacted the Red Cross to provide assistance for people displaced from their apartments.

Firefighters had to displace all ten units in the building, due to smoke and water damage and because power was cut to the building, Rutledge said.