Truck fire under investigation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters extinguished a burning pickup truck Wednesday night parked at a home in the 900 block of Appian Way in Lawrenceville.

Crews found the engine compartment of the vehicle engulfed in flames and quickly put it out, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

The fire, reported at 7:42 p.m., was contained to the vehicle and caused only cosmetic damage to an exterior wall of the home.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, Rutledge said.

Gas leak clears 4 businesses

SNELLVILLE - A construction crew digging in Snellville struck a large gas line Thursday, prompting the evacuation of four businesses and the closing of U.S. Highway 78.

Fire crews were dispatched to the intersection of Highpoint Road and U.S. Highway 78 just after noon.

The Fire Department's HazMat Team monitored gas readings and established what's known as a "hot-zone perimeter" around the line break, Rutledge said.

An emergency crew from Atlanta Gas Light controlled the leak before rush-hour, Rutledge said, but worked well into the night to stop leaks on both sides of the highway. The highway remained closed at press time.

No injuries were reported.

Duplex damaged in fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters responded to a duplex fire in the first block of Forest Place at about 7:46 p.m. Thursday and were able to control the blaze in about half an hour.

Fire Department spokesman Tommy Rutledge said firefighters arrived to find heavy flames showing from the right side of the duplex and were able to contain the fire to that unit. The unit sustained moderate damage, Rutledge said, while the adjoining unit was not damaged.

A woman inside the residence saw an "orange glow" coming from the kitchen and was able to escape the home without injury.

Rutledge said the exact cause of the fire is under investigation.