Kitchen fire damages home

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fire that originated in the kitchen of a Lawrenceville home damaged the two-story structure Monday afternoon.

The fire occurred in the 800 block of Prada Court in Lawrenceville and caused heavy damage to the structure. The home's occupants were home at the time but escaped unharmed.

Firefighters were dispatched at 4:27 p.m. and had the blaze under control about 13 minutes later.

The exact cause of the fire had not been determined Monday evening, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

The fire originated in the kitchen area and spread to a laundry room and den before it was extinguished, Rutledge said.

"It does not appear to be suspicious," he said.

Home under construction catches fire

BUFORD - Firefighters were called Monday night to an older home being remodeled that caught fire on South Alexander Street in Buford.

Crews had the 7:21 p.m. blaze under control in about an hour, said Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge. Heavy smoke and flames were showing when emergency crews arrived.

No injuries were reported, Rutledge said.

Resident violates outdoor burn ban, ignites and destroys storage building

AUBURN - A resident of Auburn's Cedar Ridge subdivision burned down an outbuilding Wednesday when a fire got out of control.

Barrow County is indefinitely under an outdoor burning ban.

The resident was burning something in a barrel outdoors about 3:30 p.m. when the fire ignited the outbuilding beside it. The building burned to the ground before Barrow County firefighters could extinguish it.

The resident was not issued a citation, said Lt. Scott Dakin, Barrow County Fire Department spokesman.

Another Auburn fire burned three to four wooded acres in the Smokerise subdivision Wednesday just prior to the outbuilding fire. That fire is still under investigation.