Fire damages vacant house's roof

SNELLVILLE - Gwinnett County Firefighters responded to a Christmas Eve fire called in by nearby residents that caused heavy damage to the roof and second level of a vacant house on the 4800 block of Heather Mill Trace.

According to Capt. Tommy Rutledge, the blaze was reported just before 6 p.m. and when crews arrived on the scene, they found the roof of a split-level wood frame house heavily involved with flames. Rutledge said those same first respondents were able to quickly knock down the flames shortly after arrival and that nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Deep fryer fire damages closed Chick-fil-A in Buford

BUFORD - A closed-for-the-night Chick-fil-A restaurant will most likely be staying closed for a few more days and nights following an early morning kitchen fire that appears to have originated in a deep fryer.

According to Capt. Tommy Rutledge, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, crews arrived at the restaurant located at 3235 Buford Drive shortly before 2 a.m. to find moderate smoke coming from the roof of the building.

When firefighters made entry, they quickly extinguished the blaze, which had already caused minimal to moderate damage to the kitchen area and filled the rest of the restaurant with smoke.

Rutledge said nobody was injured in the blaze and also said no damage is visible from outside the building.