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Fire causes extensive damage to duplex

BUFORD -- A "stubborn" fire caused extensive damage to a Buford duplex Tuesday morning, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters arrived at the 2800 block of North Bogan Road at about 8:15 a.m., responding to an occupant's call stating that "the back of the house was on fire and everyone was evacuating," spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

Crews found heavy smoke coming from the single-story duplex, which housed two families and two home-based businesses, Rutledge said. Due to multiple renovations over the years, two extra crews had to be called in to help battle the blaze.

"This was a stubborn fire that traveled in the hidden void spaces in the walls and floor system," Rutledge said.

The fire was brought under control by about 9:30 a.m. It caused extensive damage to one side of the duplex, and is believed to have originated in a basement utility and storage room. The exact cause remains under investigation, Rutledge said.

No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist displaced occupants.