Police/fire reports

Flames jump from fireplace, damaging Buford house

•BUFORD - A fireplace proved to be the cause of a house fire Wednesday night on Dennis Plane in Buford.

Firefighters believe the fire started when flames from a fireplace extended past the hearth, spreading to the attic and garage.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for Gwinnett County Fire Department, wrote in a press release that the flames caused damage to the home and its contents, including a car parked in the driveway.

A woman was home at the time of the fire but escaped without injuries, Rutledge wrote.

Two residents were displaced by the fire but will not be receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. The two told firefighters they will be staying with friends until other housing arrangements are made.

Armed duo robs store

•LILBURN - An employee of a Lilburn clothing store told police Wednesday a man and woman team robbed the store at gunpoint.

According to a police report, a woman entered Rainbow Apparel located at 375 Rockbridge Road accompanied by a man, purchased a bracelet, left and then re-entered to make a return.

While making the return the woman produced a handgun and demanded cash from the employees register.

The worker told police she shut the drawer as the armed woman walked behind the check out counter.

The woman succeeded in taking an unknown amount of cash before fleeing the store with her male accomplice.

The man was described as black, tall, wearing a white T-shirt with a black jacket, blue jeans and a baseball cap. The woman was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, skull cap with a brim and frosted sunglasses, according to the report. They are believed to be between the ages of 16 and 22 years old.

Children boost candy

•LILBURN - Video surveillance reveals what is believed by police to be two children robbing a Lilburn gas station Wednesday morning.

According to a police report, police officers responded to an alarm at Milk and Stuff gas station at 2948 Five Forks Trickum Road.

Police found the front door glass smashed with a cash register and three boxes of candy missing from the store.

The two children were viewed in the tape wearing black clothing and masks, according to the report.

The register contained an undisclosed amount of money.

Assailants rob man of $200

•NORCROSS - A 25-year-old Norcross man was robbed and assaulted at gunpoint while in the parking lot of his apartment complex Tuesday.

According to a police report, the man was approached by two men believed to be in their teens at his Park Crossing apartment at 1712 Park Crossing Way in Norcross.

The victim told police the men pointed their guns toward him and took his wallet containing nearly $200 and his cell phone.

The men kicked the man, taking him to the ground then fled on foot south through the apartment complex.

Train strikes RV in Winder; driver escapes uninjured

•WINDER - A driver escaped injury Thursday when his recreational vehicle, towing a Jeep, was struck by a slow-moving train.

The driver, a South Carolina man, was charged with stopping on the railroad tracks.

"The driver thought he had sufficient clearance from the railroad tracks," said Winder Policeman Dustin Kaster. "The crossing arms came down while he was already stopped and he really had nowhere to go."

The accident affected three railroad crossings in Winder, delaying traffic for about 30 minutes at the height of the lunchtime rush.

- From staff reports