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LOCAL BRIEFS: Work continues on HOT lanes

Work continues on HOT lanes

Lane closures will continue this week on the Interstate 85 Express Lane project in Gwinnett County.

Work plans will require the overnight closing of the outside lane of I-85 northbound from Pleasant Hill Road to Ga. Highway 316 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

During the day on Monday, the outside southbound lane of I-85 from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Pleasantdale Road will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews inspect and repair existing communications equipment.

The remainder of the week, Department of Transportation crews will install additional guardrails on exit and entrance ramps. Traffic will not be closed, merely shifted, officials said.

Kitchen fire displaces family

LAWRENCE-VILLE — A kitchen fire caused extensive damage to a Lawrenceville home Saturday evening, displacing a family of seven, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home on the 3100 block of Oak Vista Way just before 7 p.m., finding smoke showing from the front on arrival, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

Upon entering the house, firefighters were able to contain the blaze that caused significant damage to the kitchen and sent smoke damage throughout the residence.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire, Rutledge said. The exact cause of the blaze was undetermined Saturday night.

Grease fire damages home

NORCROSS — Another kitchen fire, this time in Norcross, displaced yet another family Saturday evening.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the call from a resident of the home on the 5800 block of Hammond Drive at about 5:16 p.m., finding “moderate” fire conditions in the kitchen, Rutledge said.

The fire was brought under control by 5:40 p.m.

“The blaze appears to be accidental and originated from a grease fire on the stove while cooking,” Rutledge said.

The four occupants of the residence were home at the time, but escaped unharmed, Rutledge said. No injuries were reported.