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Police/Fire reports

Employees suffer smoke inhalation after fire at packaging plant

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Twelve employees of Dolco Packaging were injured Tuesday after being exposed to smoke when a stack of wooden pallets and plastics inside the manufacturing plant caught fire.

The smoke filled the warehouse and employees evacuated by 8:58 a.m. when firefighters arrived, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

He said two employees extinguished the flames with a portable extinguisher before firefighters arrived at the 2525 Hosea Road foam packaging manufacturing plant.

Rutledge said the two employees who put out the fire were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with injuries from exposure to the smoke. Four others were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth with minor smoke exposure. He said the remaining six employees were treated at the scene and released.

Rutledge said he was unable to release the injured employees' names due to privacy laws.

Firefighters are unsure what caused the fire, he said.

Man robs gas station of money, vitamins

•LILBURN - The Shell gas station at 32 Killian Hill Road in Lilburn was robbed Monday police said.

According to a police report, a black man wearing a ski mask entered the store pointing a black handgun at a Shell employee. The man demanded the employee open the register and put money in a bag he was carrying.

The employee said the man also took an air freshener and a package of vitamins.

Thief steals cigarettes from store

•NORCROSS - The manager of the Food Mart at 6075 Singleton Road in Norcross told police someone burglarized the store Sunday.

According to a police report, someone stole 30 cartons of cigarettes and an unknown number of phone cards, but no money.

The manager believes the person may have been recorded on the store's security cameras.

Truck driver snags power line

•Norcross - Firefighters say a truck driver who accidentally pulled a power line away from a Norcross business caused a brush fire Tuesday.

Rutledge said a downed electrical line sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the woods near Corporate Drive and Shackelford Road in Norcross.

He said although two nearby businesses were evacuated for a short time, the fire did not extend to the buildings and no one was injured.

Fire burns room in apartment

•NORCROSS - Firefighters are unsure what caused a fire that started in an apartment unit at 5137 Beverly Glenn Village Lane in Norcross on Tuesday night.

The fire was contained to one room inside the building and no one was injured, Rutledge wrote in a press release Tuesday.

- From staff reports