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Firefighters were called to the 4200 block of Peace Rose Place, Loganville, Thursday afternoon by a homeowner who told authorities an intruder had set his residence on fire, according to a press release from Gwinnett Fire and Emergency.
Gwinnett County Police were also called to the residence because of a report of gunfire. The homeowner vacated the residence before firefighters arrived.
High winds and the advanced spread of the fire prevented firefighters from entering the house, the release says, so they had to extinguish it using the ladder truck from outside. An adjoining house was also damaged.
Grass at a home across the road also caught alight and crews were faced with downed power lines. Additional challenges were experienced because the gas could not be shut off because of damage to the gas meter.
The fire was brought under control, but the home was a total loss, the release said. Two adults and two children are displaced and will not require Red Cross assistance. No injuries were reported.