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Arson unit investigating home invasion

Staff Photo: John Bohn — A home located at 4255 Peace Road Place SW in Loganville was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday. A home invasion was reported prior the the home burning down. Radiant heat damaged the siding of the home next door. Two adults and two children are displaced while no injuries were reported. A vehicle was also damaged by the fire.

Staff Photo: John Bohn — A home located at 4255 Peace Road Place SW in Loganville was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday. A home invasion was reported prior the the home burning down. Radiant heat damaged the siding of the home next door. Two adults and two children are displaced while no injuries were reported. A vehicle was also damaged by the fire.

LOGANVILLE — A home invader set a house on fire Thursday afternoon in an incident that included a report of gunfire.

Gwinnett firefighters were on the scene at 12:49 p.m. in the 4200 block of Peace Rose Place in Loganville, Gwinnett Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said. The owner of the home was in the residence when an invader set the house on fire, and caused heavy smoke and fire throughout the house.

“The home was totally ravaged by the fire and is a total loss,” Rhoden said.

Two adults and two children were displaced, but no injuries were reported, Rhoden said.

The Gwinnett arson unit led the investigation, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 1:33 p.m., but not before radiant heat caused a power line to the home to collapse, Rhoden said. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and information about a report of gunfire was being collected.

Investigators did not release a description of the suspect, who was not immediately located.

“This is an active crime scene and fire investigators are on the scene,” Rhoden said.

Because of high winds and the magnitude of the fire, firefighters couldn’t enter the house, and used a ladder truck to extinguish the blaze, Rhoden said. The winds caused embers to ignite grass to a home across the street from the house on fire, Rhoden said. Radiant heat also damaged siding of another home next door. The downed power lines also caused problems, and a damaged gas meter couldn’t be shut down, Rhoden said.