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Woman leaps from second story of burning home

NORCROSS -- A Norcross woman escaped her burning home Friday morning by leaping from a second-story porch.

Gwinnett County firefighters were called to the 1600 block of Black Hickory Place at about 5 a.m. Friday, several calls reporting heavy smoke and fire and that the resident was unaccounted for. Upon arrival, crews made entry to check for victims, but soon discovered that the lone resident had escaped herself.

"One person was home at the time of the fire and made it to safety from the back deck," Lt. Colin Rhoden said, "where she jumped to the ground, sustaining a minor injury to the wrist."

Two family dogs were rescued from the garage of the two-story home.

Firefighters battled the difficult blaze for nearly two hours, finally bringing it under control at about 6:45 a.m. The fire "burned the roof off the house," Rhoden said, and the front outside wall was severely damaged.

The exact cause of the blaze was undetermined, but it was ruled accidental.

The wrist injury to the leaping resident -- who was treated and released on scene -- was the only injury reported.