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IN BRIEF: Acre of land burned near Mall of Georgia

Acre of land burned near Mall of Georgia

BUFORD -- Several small grass fires scorched approximately an acre of land along Buford drive Thursday afternoon.

Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the fires started about 3 p.m. near the Mall of Georgia and were fed by steady winds.

Two fires were burning in front of the QuikTrip on Buford Drive, south of the mall area, and a third in front of the Chick-fil-A, LongHorn and Chili's restaurants.

No vehicles or structures were damaged, Rutledge said.

There is no word on what may have caused the fires, Rutledge said.

Blaze damages home's garage

DORAVILLE -- A house fire damaged a garage Friday evening but the home's occupants were uninjured.

According to reports, firefighters responded to the 2100 block of Gwinn Drive at about 7:19 p.m. after a caller reported flames from the home's garage and kitchen.

Upon their arrival, crews found moderate smoke showing from the single-story wood frame house, Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

The blaze damaged the garage, with only slight extension into the kitchen area, and sent smoke throughout the house.

The fire was quickly extinguished by first-due firefighters, Rutledge said. The Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the family of five displaced by the damage.

Rutledge said the the fire appears to have started in the garage.

The exact cause is undetermined.