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Buford house fire possibly triggered by car

BUFORD — A Wednesday morning house fire in Buford was possibly triggered by a car parked in the garage.

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the home on the 3300 block of Old Oaks Road at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, a resident reporting a “possible vehicle on fire inside the attached garage.” Heavy smoke was coming from the two-story home when crews arrived, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

“The majority of smoke and fire appeared to be coming from the garage on the front side of the house,” Rutledge said. “All occupants were out safe when the fire department arrived and no injuries were reported.”

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes, Rutledge said, and caused heavy damage to the garage. It burned through the garage ceiling and into an upstairs bathroom, sending “significant smoke” throughout the structure.

“The blaze appears to have started in the area of a vehicle in the garage and sent heavy smoke and heat throughout the first and second floors of the home,” Rutledge said. “The exact cause of of the fire is undetermined under investigation.”

The Red Cross was notified to assist five displaced adults.