Apartment residents displaced by blaze

NORCROSS — A Norcross apartment building sustained heavy damage in an early morning fire Saturday.

The fire broke out about 4:14 a.m. on the back area of the adjoined two-story townhome residences on Wintergreen Lane, Gwinnett Fire officials said, adding that crews found heavy smoke and fire on arrival.

With all of the residents of the cluster of apartments evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival, crews entered the arpartment and attempted to extinguish the blaze, Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said.

Firefighters faced structural failure of the floor as they worked, as well as heavy fire and smoke conditions, Rhoden said, adding that it took about an hour to get the blaze under control.

With four of the six adjoined units sustaining moderate to heavy fire damage, residents of all six units — including 11 adults and one child — will be displaced, Rhoden said. The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the residents.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, although an arson investigator was called to the scene to help determine the cause, Rhoden said.

Business fire

LAWRENCEVILLE — An overnight fire damaged a Lawrenceville business early Saturday.

Gwinnett Fire crews found heavy smoke coming from an office trailer at Gwinnett Landscape on Lawrenceville Highway at about 12:43 a.m., a press release said.

The fire was contained to a bathroom in the 10 by 40-foot trailer, with moderate damage in the attic area, Lt. Rhoden said.

Arson investigators are investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, Rhoden added.