FIRE BRIEFS: Alert teen calls for help in fire

Alert teen calls for help in fire

LILBURN — A teenager readying herself for school Monday morning smelled smoke and alerted adults that a Lilburn home in the 1300 block of Pendal Drive was on fire, officials said.

Four adults and the teen, along with several pets, escaped the 6:57 a.m. fire unharmed. Firefighters brought it under control 23 minutes after being dispatched, said Gwinnett County Fire Department Capt. Jeff Johnson.

The bulk of the fire was contained to a utility room with smoke and water damage throughout the home. The homeowner stated she had recently purchased smoke detectors but had not installed them, Johnson said.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but it appears accidental, Johnson said.

An investigation is ongoing.

Home destroyed by predawn fire

BUFORD — An early morning fire Monday destroyed a two-story Buford home in the 6200 block of Lakeside Lane, officials said.

A neighbor reported the fire about 1:45 a.m., and an off-duty Gwinnett police officer who lives nearby noticed the fire and also responded.

The officer reported hearing an explosion — possibly propane tanks — that spread fire throughout the entire large home, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly.

Fire crews knocked the fire down by 3 a.m., but not before the home was destroyed. The people who live there were out of town at the time, and no injuries were reported, Eberly said.

The exact cause is under investigation.

Buford home heavily damaged

BUFORD — A Sunday afternoon fire caused major damages to a Buford home in the 500 block of West Shadburn Avenue, officials said.

A next-door neighbor reported the fire at 4:06 p.m., and fire crews brought it under control about an hour later, officials said.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the home and sent significant smoke throughout the structure. The residence was occupied by three individuals at the time, but no injuries were reported.

The exact cause is under investigation, officials said.