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Garage consumed in morning fire

SNELLVILLE -- A garage fire has made a Snellville home uninhabitable, officials said.

Crews were called out to the 4100 block of Tangelwood Road in Snellville just before 8 a.m. Monday morning, when a caller told an emergency dispatcher that there were flames coming from the garage, a press release said.

With the resident safely evacuated, firefighters entered the house to locate the fire. But quickly, a decision was made to battle the fire from the exterior due to the heavy heat and fire conditions, said Lt. Colin Rhoden of the Gwinnett Fire Department.

While firefighters were successful in extinguishing the fire and keeping it from spreading to other homes, the two-story wood frame house was deemed uninhabitable, Rhoden said. The fire consumed the garage and the room above it, while the rest of the house sustained heat, smoke and water damage.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to the resident displaced by the blaze, he added.

While fire investigators were able to determine the fire began in the garage, the cause was not determined.