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Duluth home destroyed by fire, may be arson

DULUTH — Officials have not ruled a Tuesday morning fire in Duluth to be arson, but one investigator said there was “no reason for a fire to have started” in the vacant home.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home at 2081 Hopkins Mill Road at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor reported it was engulfed in flames. Crews found the one-story home “fully involved” upon arrival and battled the blaze from outside, Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

The fire was brought under control in just over 30 minutes, Rutledge said, but firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots and complete a search. The house was ruled a total loss. The cause of the blaze is suspicious.

“The home is believed to be vacant and there was no one at the house when the fire department and police arrived at the scene,” Rutledge said.

A fire investigator reportedly determined there were no utilities connected to the house and “no reason for a fire to have started.”

“It appears that the blaze originated on the main level near the center of the house,” Rutledge said. “According to a neighbor, there were unidentified squatters who frequented the vacant house on a regular basis.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the blaze was listed as undetermined and under investigation.

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Location of fire

Location of fire