Auburn house fire claims one life

AUBURN -- Firefighters were able to save one man from his burning Auburn home Saturday night, but another female resident lost her life in the blaze, officials said.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home on the 1900 block of Flowery Branch Road near Pilgrim Lane just before 8 p.m. Saturday after a call from a passerby, spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly said. Bystanders at the scene told responding units that there were people inside the structure that was "fully engulfed in flames."

Crews entered the home.

"Despite the hazardous conditions, they found one male that was inside and pulled him from the fire," Eberly said.

That victim was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville with mild to moderate injuries. Firefighters then went back into the home to find another victim, this one a female in her 60s.

They pulled her out of a front bedroom window, Eberly said, but "she had already succumbed to her injuries."

Information regarding the identities of the victims was not immediately available Saturday night.

Officials said the cause of the fire remained undetermined and under investigation.

"Despite the tragic outcome for one of the victims," Eberly said, "(firefighters) really did a good job of getting in there and saving one of them from this horrendous fire."