House destroyed by fire

NORCROSS - A house was struck by lightning Saturday, resulting in a fire that destroyed the residence.

Gwinnett crews found heavy fire coming from a house on Rufus Place following Saturday's severe weather. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, according to Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge. The house received extensive damage and was determined a total loss. No one was injured.

Rutledge said the fire was sparked when lightning hit an antenna in a backyard tree and traveled into the house.

Though the occupants of the house were not injured, a dog died in the fire. The occupants did not request Red Cross assistance.

Family displaced by fire

NORCROSS - A fire gutted a two-story wood frame house Saturday evening, displacing a family of five.

After receiving a call from a concerned neighbor, Gwinnett firefighters found heavy smoke showing from the second floor of a house located in the 1500 block of Esquire Place, said Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Once inside, crews encountered a blaze that took about an hour to be completely extinguished with several handlines, he said. No one was home at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.

The fire, which appears to have started in a second-floor laundry room, caused heavy damage to the second floor and attic of the residence. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family displaced by the damage.

The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but appears to be accidental, Rutledge said.