3 businesses damaged in U.S. 29 fire

TUCKER - Three businesses near the intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and U.S. Highway 29 (Lawrenceville Highway) were heavily damaged by fire Sunday.

A passing motorist reported the 11:47 a.m. fire in the 6200 block of U.S. 29 in Tucker. The fire scorched a three-story, brick office building, causing a partial collapse of the building's first floor, Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation, Rutledge said.

About 50 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control. Gwinnett firefighters were assisted by multiple companies from DeKalb County, due to the close proximity of the fire to the county line, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said the damaged businesses include New Horizons Counseling Center Inc., Think Development Systems Inc. and Ralph Ball CPA.

Firefighters worked Sunday to contact business owners and advise them of the damage, Rutledge said.

Father, son hospitalized in kitchen fire

DULUTH - A Duluth father and his son were hospitalized Saturday when a kitchen grease fire burned out of control, officials said.

The fire occurred about 6:30 p.m. at the Meridian Pointe Apartments on Boggs Road. The man tried to remove a burning pan from a stove and sustained an injury from heat exposure. His 14-year-old son was treated for minor exposure to smoke, Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Both were conscious and alert before they were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, Rutledge said.

The fire caused minor damage to the kitchen and home. The blaze appears accidental, Rutledge said.

Grease fire scorches Lilburn home

LILBURN - A kitchen fire rendered a Huntington Way home unlivable Sunday in Lilburn, officials said.

Firefighters had the 12:51 p.m. fire under control in a matter of minutes.

"Flames gutted the kitchen and sent smoke throughout the rest of the house," Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said. "The blaze was contained to the one room."

Rutledge said the fire appears accidental and was caused by a grease fire on the stove.

Occupants of the home escaped without injury, but they were displaced, said Rutledge.

The occupants, who planned to stay with family and friends, declined Red Cross assistance, said Rutledge.