Firefighters extinguish perilous home blaze

LILBURN -- Firefighters spent an hour this morning in Lilburn battling a blaze which totally destroyed a two-story home at the 5200 block of Stafford Drive.

After seeing flames and smoke coming through the roof, a witness called 911 Friday around 11:30 a.m., according to Lt. Colin Rhoden with Gwinnett County Fire.

No injuries were reported, and it was unclear whether anybody lived there at the time of the incident, he said.

Because the house was close to two others, crews had to keep the fire "in check," Rhoden said.

At one point, the electrical service line to the home collapsed and "was arcing on the right side of the house onto the wooden fence and across the driveway," which caused an electrical hazard to crews working the scene.

Rhoden said a majority of the roof was burned off and compromised, "which made collapse another concern."

By 12:21 p.m., crews had the fire knocked down. As of 1 p.m., fire investigators were still on scene trying to determine what caused the incident.