IN BRIEF: Fire evacuates townhomes in Norcross

Fire evacuates townhomes in Norcross

NORCROSS — An 8 a.m. fire Monday in the 3700 block of Meadow Rue Lane evacuated a series of townhomes and damaged one, officials said.

The sole occupant of the affected Norcross residence called 911 and escaped unharmed, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Fire and smoke damage was contained to the unit where the fire had started, Rutledge said.

"Adjacent units were evacuated initially, but occupants were allowed to return a short time later," he said.

Fire crews responded to the scene at 8:09 a.m. and reported the fire controlled 25 minutes later, Rutledge said.

The cause of the fire appears accidental, Rutledge said. It apparently originated near a utility room.

Man treated for smoke inhalation

LOGANVILLE — A man transported Monday afternoon to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville for treatment of smoke inhalation is in stable condition, officials said that evening.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department and the Loganville Fire Department responded to a house fire at about 4 p.m. Monday on Fox Run in the city of Loganville, said Capt. Thomas Rutledge, the spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Smoke and flames were showing from a second story bedroom and the blaze had extended into the attic when firefighters arrived, Rutledge said. The fire was contained to the second story and the attic.

Two occupants of the home were outside when firefighters arrived, Rutledge said.

Blaze destroys Snellville barn

SNELLVILLE — A barn behind a home in Abilene Lane off of Abilene Trail in Snellville was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon, said Capt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The barn and some grass and trees were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, Rutledge said. The blaze completely destroyed the barn and burned about an acre of grass and some of the wood line.

The barn was nearly empty, except for some furniture, and the owners indicated they were planning on tearing it down, Rutledge said. No electricity was connected to the barn.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. No injuries were reported.

— From staff reports