IN BRIEF: Fire damages 100-year-old house

Fire damages 100-year-old house

DACULA -- An overnight fire at a vacant, 100-year-old house does not appear suspicious, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home on the 1200 block of Winder Highway in Dacula in the wee hours of Friday morning, finding moderate smoke showing from the two-story structure, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

"Firefighters worked tirelessly to uncover fire in the walls and hidden void spaces due to the type of construction and age of the structure," Rutledge said.

The fire caused extensive damage inside the home, which, according to the owner's son, is more than 100 years old, Rutledge said.

There was steady rain falling in the area, but no apparent lightning that could have caused the blaze. The exact cause is still under investigation, Rutledge said.

"The blaze does not appear suspicious," he said.

No one was at the home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Garage fire doused quickly by resident

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An overnight fire in the garage of a Lawrenceville home was extinguished quickly with a garden hose, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the home on the 2200 block of Paper Chase Drive just after 1 a.m., Rutledge said, finding the blaze already stopped from spreading. Crews found light smoke showing from the attached garage of the home on arrival.

The fire was contained to contents inside the garage and caused moderate damage, Rutledge said. Only residual smoke entered the living space.

No injuries were reported.