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Police and Fire Reports

Family loses home in Lilburn fire

•LILBURN - A mother and four children lost their Lilburn home after an early Friday morning fire destroyed it.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department was called at

2:17 a.m. to a two-story house on Vista Heights Court that was engulfed in flames, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Fire Department spokesman.

Although neighbors reported the family might still be inside the home, the family was not injured in the fire, Rutledge said

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time Friday.

Grease fire damages Norcross home

•NORCROSS - A pan of grease left on a stove started a fire Friday afternoon in a house on Langford Drive in Norcross.

A woman visiting the home was about to cook when the pan of grease ignited, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman. The woman escaped uninjured.

The fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen and sent smoke throughout the rest of the house, Rutledge said.

The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and a child displaced by the damage.

Three escape uninjured from blaze

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Three people escaped uninjured Thursday night after smelling smoke from a fire in a Lawrenceville house.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department was called at 10:45 p.m. to the fire on Brighton Cove Trail in Lawrenceville, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Fire Department spokesman. When firefighters arrived, a resident was attempting to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.

The exterior wall of the house and the attic suffered moderate damage from flames, and there was smoke throughout the rest of the home.

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time Friday.

Man steals from motel vending machine

•NORCROSS - An employee of the Intown Suites motel on 1950 Willow Trail Parkway told police a man in a wheelchair stole money out of a motel vending machine Wednesday.

According to a police report, a white man wearing a black coat and blue jeans sitting in a wheelchair was caught by a motel manager removing change from the vending machine.

The man asked the employee not to tell and fled. A passer-by tried to stop the thief in the wheelchair but the man threatened him with a gun.

Police later found the wheelchair abandoned in woods near the motel.

Bomb threat causes evacuation

•NORCROSS - Employees of Accredo Therapeutics Inc. at 5300 Oakbrook Parkway were forced to evacuate their building Monday after receiving bomb threats.

An employee received a call from a woman telling her there was a bomb in the building. She said she could see the building and described people coming out of the business, according to a police report.

A manager evacuated the building and police checked the building, deciding the threat was a prank.

Police believe the call was made from a nearby business' lobby phone.

- From staff reports