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police/fire reports

House fire

displaces two

•DULUTH - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged the family room of a Duluth home at 4742 Valley Ridge Drive Sunday morning.

The fire was contained to one room, wrote Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, in a press release.

Two adults were home at the time and escaped without any injuries. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents.

Grease on stove starts kitchen fire

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A pan of grease left on the stove of a Lawrenceville home on Lester Road on Monday evening caused a fire that damaged the home's kitchen.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in the kitchen before they spread. The fire caused minor damage to the kitchen.

Rutledge said no injuries were reported.

Man accused of tapping water line

•AUBURN - A man was cited Friday for allegedly taking water from an Auburn water line.

After being alerted by a water works employee, police found a makeshift pipe connecting a residence to an Auburn water pipe. Police reports state that Richard Henry told officers that he had rigged the pipe because city officials would not let him make payments on his water bill.

Henry was cited for two counts each of damaging public utility property and theft of services.

Copper wire stolen from home

•AUBURN - Wednesday, 200 to 300 feet of copper wire was reported missing from the crawl space of a vacant rental home.

No arrests were made and the value of the copper wire was not reported. Police advised the owners to put a lock on the crawl space door.

- From staff reports