Ga. house fire reignites, prompts investigation


By Kristi E. Swartz
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GWINNETT, Ga. — The first fire destroyed the kitchen.

When it started again, Gwinnett firefighters found flames shooting from the roof.

Firefighters are trying to figure out what reignited a blaze in a Duluth home Wednesday night and caused them to return to the house two hours after they had left.

No one was injured — or home — during either of the fires, Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

Crews went to the 2730 Gravitt Road home shortly after 5 p.m. to put out a kitchen fire. Officials said the fire started after someone left food cooking on the stove.

The person in the home left the food on the burners and returned to find the kitchen in flames, investigators said. The fire caused heavy damage to the back of the house.

Two hours later, firefighters returned after a neighbor called 911 saying flames were coming out of the roof of the house.

The fire, which was under control in about 20 minutes, officials said, caused major damage to the roof and to the front of the house.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the second fire. The blaze may have reignited from fire in a hidden space, officials said.

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