Space heater starts Snellville fire

•SNELLVILLE - A misused space heater is what fire investigators say caused a Saturday afternoon fire at a Snellville home.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said "the fire caused moderate damage to two rooms and sent smoke throughout the second floor."

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire just before 4:30 p.m., after occupants returned home and discovered the fire, Rutledge said.

The blaze was under control at 4:50 p.m.

Rutledge said the space heater was placed too close to combustible materials, which was the cause of the accidental fire.

No one was home when the fire started, and no injuries were reported, Rutledge said.

The Red Cross was called to assist the displaced family of three.

Gas leak closes part of Ga. 20

•LAWRENCEVILLE - An early Saturday morning gas leak in Lawrenceville kept part of Grayson Highway closed for a little more than five hours.

The leak, which was caused by a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Grayson Highway and Webb Gin House Road, was dispatched at about 4:20 a.m., said Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

Lawrenceville Gas had the leak under control at 9:30 a.m., and the highway was reopened soon after, Rutledge said.

No injuries were reported, and no evacuations were necessary.

Lawrenceville fire displaces 2 families

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Four adults and three children from two separate families were left displaced Saturday because of a fire.

The fire, which occurred on Downing Street in Lawrenceville, caused heavy fire to a duplex unit and moderate damage to an adjoining unit, said Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas

Rutledge.

Rutledge said both units were occupied at the time of the fire, but both families escaped without injury.

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of Saturday night, but it did begin on the stove after a burner was left on, Rutledge said.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family in the unit where the fire started, and the other family did not need assistance, Rutledge said.

- From staff reports