Evening fire scorches shed

DULUTH - An evening fire Monday in Buford scorched a shed in the 3400 block of Buford Highway.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 6:25 p.m. and found that the small utility building had already burned to the ground, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

The fire was contained to the original fire building and did not extend to the main house, Rutledge said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, Rutledge said.

Firefighters respond to small kitchen fire

DULUTH - Firefighters responded Monday to a kitchen fire in the 3400 block of Fox Street in Duluth and quickly extinguished a small stove fire, an official said.

A resident of the Rainbow Village Apartments reported the fire at 6:40 p.m. Firefighters contained the fire to the stove, Rutledge said.

No injuries were reported.

Norcross house fire displaces family

NORCROSS - A family alerted by a smoke detector fled their burning home on Hopkins Lane Drive in Norcross without injury early Tuesday, an official said.

An occupant of the home reported the fire at 3:16 a.m., and firefighters had the blaze under control a half-hour later, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Crews found a small fire along the roof and exterior wall at the rear of the house on arrival. Rutledge said fire damage was contained to a small portion of the roof and exterior wall at the back of the house.

"The blaze appears accidental and may have started in the area of an outside light fixture," though the exact cause is under investigation, Rutledge said.

Occupants were home sleeping at the time of the fire and were alerted by the smoke detector. They escaped without injury, but their home is temporarily unlivable, Rutledge said.

"The family will be displaced due to the damage and because power was cut to the structure," Rutledge said. "They were planning to stay with nearby friends and family."