As of Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BUFORD -- Two Buford residents escaped an intense predawn house fire Tuesday that destroyed their home and damaged the homes of two neighbors, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the one-story home in the 5700 block of Little Mill Parkway at 4:13 a.m., after two adult occupants were alerted by a "popping sound" and a neighbor heard an explosion, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters had the fire under control before 5 a.m., but not before it destroyed the home of origin and melted the siding on two adjacent houses, Rutledge said. Both neighbors were allowed to return home Tuesday morning.
"The quick and aggressive actions of the firefighters kept the fire from spreading inside the neighboring houses," Rutledge said.
According to investigators, the fire appears to have started in the garage area and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. The occupants denied Red Cross assistance and were being assisted by neighbors and friends, Rutledge said.