A dog died Monday in a house fire off Southampton Way in unincorporated Snellville.
A family pet, a 120-pound hound, was found by firefighters in the house, according to Gwinnett County Fire spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden, after a house fire off Southampton Way in unincorporated Snellville. No other injuries were reported.
"Half of the home was destroyed by the fire," said Lt. Rhoden, "and the other half had heavy smoke damage."
Officials determined the fire started in the kitchen, near the stove, but the cause is still undetermined.
The fire was first reported when the homeowner arrived at the residence around 3:19 p.m. to find flames coming out a door of the one-story home. The kitchen had been fully engulfed with fire, according to Lt. Rhoden.
Firefighters struggled to control the blaze due to a number of obstacles, including the fact that the home was 150 feet from the street and firetrucks. There was also a downed power line, and the gas service to the home was free-flowing and impinged with fire.
Officials were able to disconnect the gas, and the power company arrived to disconnect the power to the house.