Fire at hotel dies out before source found

DULUTH - A minor fire at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place in Duluth died out Friday night before firefighters could pinpoint it.

Guests on the fifth floor of the high-rise hotel, located at 1175 Pleasant Hill Road, were evacuated for about a half-hour before investigators declared the hotel safe at 8:54 p.m., Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Firefighters initially responded to a hotel fire alarm and discovered "a very light odor of smoke in the fifth-floor hallway" upon arrival, Rutledge said. No injuries were reported.

"The smoke cleared quickly as fire crews investigated," Rutledge said. "Crews checked the floor but were unable to find the source of the smoke."

Fire scalds family's home

A Lawrenceville family out of town Saturday escaped injury when a morning blaze gutted their kitchen and left further damage throughout the two-story home.

Firefighters needed only 17 minutes to quell the 7:39 a.m. blaze on Cool Weather Drive, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said. In a short time, however, the fire destroyed a kitchen and "caused extensive smoke and heat damage throughout the structure," Rutledge said.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the residence, and crews found heavy smoke issuing from the backside of the house on arrival, Rutledge said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. No injuries were reported.