Tree falls on house

LAWRENCEVILLE - A family was at least temporarily displaced after a tree fell on their home early Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the first block of Winn Circle at about 3:22 a.m. after receiving a call that a large tree had fallen and damaged the residence. Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the home was occupied at the time but no one was injured. The residents, he said, planned to stay at a local hotel.

The extent of the damage was not known, Rutledge said.

Fire damages home

LAWRENCEVILLE - An early afternoon blaze damaged a Haverhill Rowe home on Friday.

Fire crews responded to the residence after a neighbor called and reported seeing smoke coming from the house. Upon their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames extending through the roof of the one-story house. Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one residence, which sustained extensive damage.

No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

Rutledge said the cause of the blaze is undetermined. The investigation is ongoing.

Apartment kitchen burns

NORCROSS - Food left on the stove is to blame for an apartment fire late Friday afternoon, authorities said.

About 4:33 p.m., Gwinnett firefighters were dispatched to a two-story apartment in the 1800 block of Tree Corners Parkway when residents called 911 after discovering their kitchen was on fire.

Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said a man in the home tried to put the fire out with a portable extinguisher but could not.

The fire spread from the stove to the wall, causing moderate damage to the kitchen and sending smoke throughout the apartment, Rutledge said.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjacent units.

Two adults and two children were in the home but no one was injured, Rutledge said.

The displaced family planned to stay with nearby relatives.

SUV crashes into house

NORCROSS - The Gwinnett Fire Department responded to a home late Friday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the front wall.

About 4:34 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a house in the 5300 block of Singleton Road where they found the white Ford Explorer resting inside two bedrooms and its driver, an unidentified woman, unhurt outside the vehicle.

There was extensive damage to front exterior wall and the two rooms, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

No one was home when the incident occurred and no injuries were reported.

The driver was detained by Gwinnett police for driving without a license and failure to maintain control of the vehicle, Rutledge said.

Sprinklers save motel

NORCROSS - A sprinkler system at a Norcross motel helped contain a fire Saturday.

Firefighters found smoke on the first floor of the Country Inn and Suites on Jimmy Carter Boulevard about 3:02 p.m.

The small fire occurred in a commercial clothes dryer, but the sprinkler system was able to contain the blaze to the dryer, Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

The building was evacuated and a female employee was evaluated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene, Rutledge said.

She was released by paramedics, and the staff and guests were allowed to return to the high-rise building once the smoke cleared.

Fire damages Duluth home

DULUTH - A fire caused moderate damage to a Duluth home Saturday morning.

The blaze was reported at 10:01 a.m. at 2321 Castlemaine Drive, a two-story wood frame house, according to a report.

No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The fire's cause is under investigation, Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.