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Fire causes structural collapse, family of five displaced

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A family of five was displaced by a fire that destroyed their Lawrenceville home Wednesday afternoon.

Gwinnett County firefighters were called to the home on the 300 block of Oak Springs at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and found a working blaze that appeared to have originated from the basement, spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said. Crews originally attempted to battle the fire from inside but were forced back.

"A partial structural collapse occurred inside of the house from the first floor into the basement," Rhoden said. "Crews used the ladder truck and exterior firefighting hose lines to knock down the mass of the fire. There were hidden fires inside the structure that burned through the supporting roof and caused an exterior collapse of part of the back of the house."

The resident family -- two adults and three children -- were displaced by the fire but will not require Red Cross assistance, Rhoden said. No injuries were reported.

The family had two cats that had not been seen since the fire broke out, Rhoden said late Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire was undetermined and under investigation.