A vacant home on Buford Highway caught fire on Monday morning, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.a
Photo: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services
Photo: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services

Abandoned Buford Highway home damaged by fire in Gwinnett

An abandoned home in unincorporated Atlanta was damaged in a Monday morning fire, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.

Firefighters responded to the home on the 6500 block of Buford Highway at 6:10 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a fence and trees on fire. Once a fire crew was at the home, they saw the building’s right side had caught fire, according to Lt. Justin Wilson, a Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman.

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The vacant house had boarded-up windows and was “known to be frequented by vagrants,” police told firefighters. Once fire crews were able to douse the bulk of the fire and enter the building, they found nobody inside, Wilson said. 

A fire investigator determined that the fire started in a wooded area near the right side of the house. The exact cause has not been determined and is still under investigation.

The response caused the closure of Buford Highway’s northbound lanes near Hillside Drive. The lanes were re-opened at 8 a.m.

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