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Fireplace Ignites Blaze, Family Sues and Burglars Leave Bloody Mess

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

- Lilburn/Mountain Park Patch

Officials believe a fireplace sparked a blaze that left a family, two residents and two cats, unharmed, according to a press statement.

Crews arrived to find flames showing from the back of a single-story wood frame house. Firefighters located a fire burning on the back wall in the living room area.

According to the press release, officials said the "fire appears to have originated from the fireplace and spread to the exterior wall via the fire box and chimney chase. The couple reportedly had a fire burning in the fireplace for warmth earlier in the evening."

Visit Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch for more details.

- Cartersville Patch

Two years after Holli Gooch was shot and killed by police in her Cartersville home, after allegedly wielded a hammer, her family has filed a federal lawsuit asking a jury to determine damages at trial.

Gooch was shot when a group of Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Cartersville Police Department officer entered her home in an attempt to arrest armed robbery suspect Jeremy Starr Prather.

The lawsuit, filed by Gooch's parents on behalf of her estate and two children, ages 2 and 10, claims police entered the home in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Read the whole story on Cartersville Patch.

"Local 7" Burglary Leaves Bloody Mess - Tucker Patch

Burglars broke into Main Street's "Local No. 7" restaurant in the middle of the evening on Nov. 12 and got away with little more than a wide screen television set. The thieves in this case left a messy trail of blood in their wake.

A police report states that the suspects gained entrance to the restaurant by smashing the glass in a side door with a large rock. Once inside, they knocked over a stack of beer bottles and ripped a television set off the wall, creating a large hole.

The report indicates that officers found "a substantial amount of blood in multiple places, including another TV, menus, and a liquor cabinet."

Visit the Tucker Patch for more information.

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