Teen, grandma escape house fire

SNELLVILLE -- A teenager unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish an afternoon fire in Snellville, but he and his grandmother escaped unharmed, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home on the 3000 block of Country Farms Drive at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, finding heavy smoke and flames showing from the garage of the single-story structure, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the garage and a bonus room above it, but "firefighters worked fast and kept the fire from spreading to the main part of the house" and brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, Rutledge said.

A teenaged resident was reportedly watching TV in the garage when he saw the flames erupt. He attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose and fire extinguisher but was unable to do so, Rutledge said.

The teen and his grandmother were the only two residents home at the time, and both escaped unharmed.

The exact cause of the fire remains undetermined and under investigation, Rutledge said.