A Gwinnett County family of five was displaced after fire destroyed their home on Walkers Glen Lane Christmas night.
A husband and wife were the only ones at home when the blaze broke out around 9:25 p.m. according to Gwinnett County fire and emergency services. The husband was in the den when he heard a popping noise from the garage area. He opened the garage door from the kitchen. Heavy smoke and intense heat greeted him.
The man alert his wife who was upstairs sleeping. Both were able to escape. The man was treated for minor burns by paramedics at the scene.
"We are fortunate that the occupants were able to escape without serious injury, especially due to the magnitude of the fire," said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.
The family dog is believed to have escaped the fire. However, it was not accounted for after the fire was doused. The family notified the neighborhood association to help locate the animal.
Firefighters ruled the home a total loss. The fire is believed to have started in the garage, but the exact cause is still under investigation.
The blaze destroyed a car parked inside the garage. A pickup truck in the driveway was also damaged by the heat and flames.
The family of two adults and three children will be displaced due to the fire damage. Relatives and neighbors are assisting the family. Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
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