11 displaced in apartment fire

NORCROSS - Fire investigators believe an apartment blaze near Norcross that left 11 people homeless Sunday accidentally ignited in a laundry room.

The fire torched a ground-floor unit and damaged two other homes after climbing an exterior balcony at the Oakbrook Pointe Apartments, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said. No injuries were reported.

A man told authorities he woke to a smoke detector sounding about 7:30 p.m. and tried to quell the fire with a home extinguisher but was unsuccessful, Rutledge said. Firefighters had the blaze controlled about a half-hour later.

"Firefighters worked fast and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the building," Rutledge said.

The Red Cross partnered with the apartment's management to provide assistance for three families displaced by the damage, Rutledge said.

The fire wasn't the first damaging blaze at the Pirkle Road complex this year.

A 3-year-old boy died from inhaling smoke and soot when his family's apartment burned in February this year. That fire scorched 10 units and left 77 residents homeless, authorities said at the time.

Attic fire snuffed out in Snellville

SNELLVILLE - A small fire in the attic of a Snellville home in the 1800 block of Highpoint Road damaged the structure on Saturday.

A passerby reported smoke issuing from the home's roof about 11 a.m. Firefighters entered the home and quickly extinguished a fire in the attic, Rutledge said.

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

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, Rutledge said.