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Smoke alarms help Lawrenceville family escape burning home

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Smoke alarms helped a Lawrenceville family escape from its burning home.

Gwinnett County firefighters were called to the residence on the 1500 block of Gabriel Drive at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after a resident reported hearing a "pop" behind the stove and smoke alarms sounding off. Crews arrived to find "heavy black smoke" coming from the front door, Lt. Colin Rhoden said.

"The fire was heaviest on the back side of the house where the fire extended up the back wall into the attic," Rhoden said. "Firefighters quickly made entry into the house and extinguished the fire at the point of origin, and extinguished the fire in the attic using fire attack lines from the truck."

The blaze was brought under control just before midnight. Heavy damage was reported on the first floor, and heavy heat and smoke caused damage throughout the rest of the house.

A total of three adults and one child were able to escape from the home unharmed.

"The resident stated that they had functioning fire alarms which triggered during the fire," Rhoden said.

The exact cause of the fire was undetermined Monday.