You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Man dies in Gwinnett house fire


Highlights

The fire was accidental, an official said.

Intense heat and smoke hampered potential rescuers.

A Loganville man died in a house fire Saturday morning after firefighters struggled to enter his one-story farmhouse, an official said. 

William Robert Hogan Sr., 76, died from smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Gwinnett County medical examiner’s office. 

Crews were hampered by furniture and other contents blocking their way, Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

The blaze was reported about 7:10 a.m. by a relative living in a separate house on the same property, Rutledge said.

The relative was unable to enter the burning home, Rutledge said. A Gwinnett County police officer was the first to arrive and was also barred by the intense heat and smoke.

Firefighters took Hogan to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said the blaze was accidental and was caused by an electrical source. No one else was inside the home, and no other injuries were reported.

Rutledge said the “heavy content loading” inside the house, including furniture and other items, slowed firefighters and could have made it difficult for the man to escape the burning house.

In other news: 




Next Up in Local

Search for conflicts may widen Atlanta bribery probe
Search for conflicts may widen Atlanta bribery probe

The federal investigation into bribery at Atlanta City Hall may be expanding into a probe of possible conflicts of interest involving some of the city’s biggest contracts, which could include major projects at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the city’s troubled watershed department, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis...
Students repair homes on spring break
Students repair homes on spring break

A group of 50 students from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, spent their spring break helping less fortunate families with home repair projects. The students split into five teams and dispersed across Georgia and Florida for the week. Through the Atlanta Fuller Center, nine students helped the Fisher family of Marietta with a long list of...
Mableton’s namesake still has ties to community
Mableton’s namesake still has ties to community

Q: How did Mableton get its name? A: Robert Mable, one of the largest landowners in Cobb County in the mid-1800s, continues to hold a place of prominence today in this metro Atlanta community. Mable is the city of Mableton’s namesake. About 5,000 people each year visit the Mable House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and...
Brookhaven collects 23 pounds of unused medications
Brookhaven collects 23 pounds of unused medications

The Brookhaven Police Department recently completed a partnership with CVS for the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Over the first 30 days, 23 pounds of unused or expired medication, including controlled substances have been safely disposed of. The new drug disposal unit, located in the lobby of the Brookhaven Police Department at...
Decatur tuition-paying students dwindle down to few dozen
Decatur tuition-paying students dwindle down to few dozen

Earlier this month City Schools Decatur set its Fiscal Year 2018 PK-12 tuition at $4,793. The district is still required by law to charge tuition to non-resident students based on a state-mandated formula. But that number has been dwindling since the CSD stopped accepting new tuition-paying students in March 2013. All existing tuition-paying students...
More Stories