7 displaced in duplex blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE - A predawn fire at a duplex in the 400 block of Lexington Drive in Lawrenceville displaced seven people and killed a family pet Tuesday, officials said.

Firefighters had the fire, reported at 2:20 a.m., under control in about 25 minutes, said Capt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Fire Department.

Occupants in both units were home at the time and escaped without injury. Officials contacted the Red Cross to provide assistance. A small dog did not escape the fire, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said the fire appears to have been accidental, possibly originating in the living room of the unit that was most damaged. The exact cause is under investigation.

No other injuries were reported.

Truck crashes into home, injures 2

BUFORD - Firefighters responded to a home in the 4000 block of Sardis Church Road at about 8:12 a.m. after a vehicle crashed into the residence.

According to reports, a man and wife were asleep in a front bedroom when the pickup truck crashed through the wall, knocking them out of bed. The couple suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center.

The truck's cab came to rest inside the bedroom and a wrecker had to be used to remove it from the home. Reports said the home's exterior walls sustained moderate damage, but that the structure did not sustain any major damage.

The truck's driver, who is unidentified, was uninjured but was turned over to Gwinnett police, said Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. It is unclear whether the man was arrested.