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13 people burned out of Lilburn home

LILBURN, Ga. -- Thirteen people, including five children, were able to escape a burning home in Lilburn without injury.

Three adults were awake just before 6:00 am Friday when they saw smoke coming from the vents. At first, they thought something was wrong with the heating unit and went to investigate. That's when the smoke alarms in the rest of the house went off.

The rest of the people inside the home were sleeping at the time the fire started, but were all able to escape.

Capt. Tommy Rutledge with the Gwinnett County Fire Department said the back of the wood frame home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

The fire caused extensive damage to the back of the house. The rest of the home was destroyed by smoke and water damage.

"The exact cause of the fire is currently undetermined and is under investigation by the fire department. Fire Investigators are trying to determine exactly where and how the fire started. The fire appears to be accidental, but is still under investigation," Capt. Rutledge said in a written press release.

The Red Cross was at the scene to offer assistance, but the family was accepting help from friends and family instead.