FIRE BRIEFS: Man hospitalized, dogs rescued in fire

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

SNELLVILLE -- A Snellville homeowner was hospitalized and his dogs rescued when fire broke out overnight Tuesday in the 4000 block of Valley Brook Road, officials said.

Fire crews found heavy flames and smoke at the two-story, split-level home after the fire was reported at 3:29 a.m. Firefighters were met with one man suffering from moderate burns who was immediately treated and transported to Eastside Medical Center, Eberly said.

Crews quickly controlled the blaze and rescued two adult dogs and two puppies from the burning structure, Eberly said.

The homeowner told authorities he awoke to a fire in the kitchen. He reported his wife and two children were out of town at the time. The home suffered moderate damage, Eberly said.

Eberly said one firefighter complained of heat-related dizziness, but was fine after rest and fluids.

An exact cause is under investigation.

Fire displaces 1

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An elderly man was displaced Tuesday morning by a Lawrenceville house fire in the 1300 block of Monfort Road, officials said.

The homeowner reported fire at the large home at 4:19 a.m. Fire crews found the home engulfed and controlled the blaze just after 6 a.m., officials said.

No injuries were reported. Investigators were attempting to find the cause later Tuesday morning, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly.

The displaced man declined American Red Cross assistance, Eberly said.

House fire displaces Snellville family

SNELLVILLE -- Despite smoke visible from a nearby fire station as they responded, firefighters were unable to prevent a Snellville home from sustaining extensive damage Tuesday evening, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the 2400 block of Folsom Street at about 6:40 p.m., finding the two-story home showing heavy flames and smoke from the garage area, spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly said.

"Crews quickly controlled the blaze and kept the fire from consuming the whole residence," Eberly said.

Despite their efforts, the home sustained extensive damage, and a family of three was displaced. The Red Cross was notified to assist them.

A firefighter also received a "slight second-degree burn to the face" during the incident, Eberly said.