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Family displaced by Norcross blaze

NORCROSS -- An early morning fire left a family of five without a home for the holidays.

The blaze, which broke out just after 4 a.m. at the 6300 block of Delnorte Court in Norcross, was tough for firefighters to battle due to the large amount of fire and high wind conditions, according to Gwinnett Fire spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly. It reportedly took nearly two hours to bring the fire under control.

The family of five, including three teenagers, made it out fine, but the pet dog was lost during the fire, Eberly said.

The firefighters had to evacuate neighbors and work quickly to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby homes, he said.

The story-story home sustained moderate damage to the roof and heavy damage to the attached garage, which was where the fire originated, Eberly said. Investigators ruled the blaze accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction between the wall outlet and a power strip.

Arson part of Snellville burglary

SNELLVILLE -- A burglar reportedly set fire to a Snellville home to destroy evidence, fire investigators said.

The blaze, which broke out at about 10 p.m. Saturday night at a large home in the Bright Water subdivision, was ruled an arson, and a reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the culprit.

Gwinnett Fire spokesman Eric Eberly said the quick response of firefighters lead to the fire being contained to the first flor of the two-story home. The family was not home at the time the fire broke out.

"We are asking anyone who may have any pertinent information that would lead us to the arrest of the person or persons who started this fire to please call us," Eberly said. "A person who is found guilty of first degree arson is likely to spend one to 20 years in prison. It is a very serious crime and we take it very serious."

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Gwinnett Fire Arson & Explosives Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Hot Line at 1.800.282.5804. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers a reward of UP TO $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for arson.