FIRE REPORTS: 2 hospitalized in home fire, Complex damaged by blaze

2 hospitalized in home fire

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Two people in their 60s were hospitalized after a fire this morning in the 700 block of Mountainbrooke Circle near Stone Mountain, officials said.

A neighbor reported the fire about 6 a.m. Monday, and fire crews found the one-story home engulfed in flames upon arrival, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

The fire was deemed under control at 7:21 a.m. but not before the home was destroyed, he said. Heat from the fire caused slight damage to a neighboring house.

The home's occupants -- three adults and a child -- awoke to find smoke in the house. Three escaped out a bedroom window and the other through the front door, Rutledge said.

The two occupants transported for medical treatment were a man and woman in their 60s. The injuries included slight smoke inhalation and a cut to one occupant's hand,. Rutledge said.

The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the displaced family.

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

Complex damaged by blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Saturday evening fire damaged several units at the Lake Sweetwater Apartments at 3100 Sweetwater Road in Lawrenceville, officials said.

Rutledge said the fire appears accidental and could have been caused by "improperly discarded smoking materials" on a balcony. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters responded at 7:20 p.m. and had the fire controlled about an hour later. No one was home in the unit where the fire had originated, which was heavily damaged, Rutledge said.

Smoke and water damage affected four other residences in the 14-unit building. The building contained fire walls, but no fire sprinkler system, Rutledge said.

Fire officials contacted the American Red Cross to provide assistance to five families displaced by the damage. Apartment management said they were able to move residents to vacant units in the complex, Rutledge said.