Fireworks blamed for fire at Buford home

BUFORD - Fireworks were blamed for an early morning fire that scorched the outside wall of a Chandler Grove Drive home.

According to reports, firefighters responded to the residence after neighbors called 911 just after midnight Saturday to report a house fire.

When they arrived, crews found a grass fire that extended to the exterior wall of a two-story wood frame house. Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the fire was quickly extinguished by first-due companies.

"The fire caused damage to an exterior wall and sent light-smoke inside the house," Rutledge said. "The damage to the structure was described as minor."

The fire appears to be accidental, Rutledge said, caused when the homeowner placed used fireworks in a bag and sat them outside, near the home.

Occupants were not home at the time and no injuries were reported.

Gwinnett firefighters respond to Hall Co. near drowning

BUFORD - Gwinnett firefighters responded Saturday evening to Shoal Creek Park after receiving a call of a "pediatric near drowning."

At 6:24 p.m., an incident at the campgrounds on the Hall County side led to a 2-year-old nearly drowning. The child was out of the water and conscious and breathing when emergency personnel arrived, officials said.

Capt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett Fire spokesman, said the incident is being handled by Hall County units, that Gwinnett units only responded in assistance.

Fire damages deck at Lilburn home

LILBURN - An afternoon house fire caused minor damage to a home in the 600 block of Sunfield Drive on Saturday.

Neighbors reported the fire at about 1:53 p.m., according to reports. Upon their arrival, crews found a small fire on the back deck of the wood frame house.

The fire was quickly extinguished by first-due companies, according to reports. The blaze caused minor to moderate damage to the deck and exterior wall, said Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge, and there was only minimal damage to the home's interior.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, Rutledge said.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, according to reports, but appears to be accidental in nature.