FIRE BRIEFS: Boy, 6, blamed in Duluth fire

DULUTH -- Authorities said a 6-year-old boy playing with a cigarette lighter was responsible for a damaging house fire Sunday that displaced nine people.

Firefighters found flames jutting from the split-level home in the 3500 block of Hill Drive upon responding at 9:52 a.m.

Crews relegated the blaze to two upstairs rooms and a hallway, but not before it caused considerable damage and blanketed the home in smoke, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross assisted the family -- three adults and six children -- displaced by the damage, Rutledge said.

The child who started the fire was playing with a lighter in his bedroom, Rutledge said.

Cause of Norcross fire unclear

NORCROSS -- Fire damaged the kitchen and attic of a home in the 2100 block of Rockies Court in Norcross on Sunday night, authorities said.

A neighbor reported the burning home at 7:41 p.m., and the fire was quickly tackled, said Rutledge. No occupants were home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

"The residents returned home as crews were operating at the scene," Rutledge said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen and attic and sent smoke and heat damage throughout the structure. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, Rutledge said.

Busy Sunday in Barrow

WINDER -- There was nary a dull moment Sunday for firefighters in Barrow County, who responded to an abnormal four fire calls, an official said.

No serious injuries were reported at any scene. Here's a rundown:

* A fire reported at 6:30 a.m. torched a family home in the 2500 block of Glenn Jackson Road in Statham. The family told authorities they awoke to heavy flames and fled. An investigation is ongoing, said Barrow County Emergency Services spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin. The American Red Cross is assisting the family, whose home was a total loss, Dakin said.

* A few moments later Sunday morning, a fire damaged two rooms in a Wyngate Road home in Auburn before fire crews could put it out. Investigators believe the fire started in an electrical vent, Dakin said.

* A third Sunday morning fire was reported at 9:45 a.m. at 91 Jefferson Road. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading from the home's front porch, where it had originated due to heat from a wood-burning stove, Dakin said.

* At 4:45 p.m., Barrow firefighters also assisted the West Jackson Fire Department at a structure fire on Jackson Trail.

The call volume and below-average temperatures made the workday a memorable one.

"It was a very busy day," said Dakin.