Family of 5 displaced by fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fire heavily damaged a home Monday morning in the 500 block of Plantation Boulevard in Lawrenceville, displacing five family members, authorities said.

A neighbor called 911 about 8 a.m. to report smoke and flames issuing from the two-story home. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The exact cause is under investigation, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Red Cross officials are assisting the two adults and three children displaced by the damage.

Rental home burns

BUFORD - A Sunday night fire destroyed a rental property in the 5700 block of Shadburn Ferry Road in Buford, officials said.

Passersby reported the single-story home was on fire at 10:13 p.m. The blaze burned the roof off and caused heavy damage to the structure, Rutledge said. No injuries were reported.

The cause is under investigation, he said.

The home is currently being rented, but no one was home when fire crews arrived, Rutledge said.

Dog alerts family to garage blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE - A barking dog alerted a Lawrenceville family that its garage was burning early Monday morning in the 2000 block of Great River Court, officials said.

The 12:46 a.m. blaze destroyed a detached garage behind the house and three vehicles. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The occupants - three adults and one teenage child - were home asleep at the time. No injuries were reported.

The family was not displaced, as the main house on the property sustained only minor cosmetic damage to the windows and trim on the back of the house.