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Snellville home's roof collapses in fire

SNELLVILLE - Nobody was injured in a fire that caused heavy damage to a Snellville home Friday.

The cause of the fire at 3884 Laurel Crest Drive is unknown and under investigation, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. No one was home at the time of the blaze, and a cat escaped the house.

Rutledge said part of the home's roof collapsed in the fire, forcing firefighters to leave the building and fight the flames from the outside. The roof was also burned off the main part of the house.

A man and his adult daughter were displaced by the fire, Rutledge said, and would be staying with friends and family nearby.

The call was dispatched at 8:48 p.m., and when firefighters arrived, there was smoke through the roof, he said.

The majority of the flames in the two-story wood and brick house were extinguished by 9:20 p.m., Rutledge said. The fire was called in by a neighbor who reported smoke coming from the house, and the occupants arrived at the home shortly after firefighters got there.