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Fire destroys Conyers house, family displaced

Staff Photo: Jay Jones A house at the corner of Irwin Bridge Road and Green Valley Drive was destroyed by fire Friday morning. Units with Rockdale County Fire and Rescue, Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded. Firefighters had the fire under control within two hours and remained at the scene past 10:30 a.m. clearing hot spots. No injuries were reported. The fire left a family of four without a home.

Staff Photo: Jay Jones A house at the corner of Irwin Bridge Road and Green Valley Drive was destroyed by fire Friday morning. Units with Rockdale County Fire and Rescue, Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded. Firefighters had the fire under control within two hours and remained at the scene past 10:30 a.m. clearing hot spots. No injuries were reported. The fire left a family of four without a home.

CONYERS -- A house at the corner of Irwin Bridge Road and Green Valley Drive was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

Units with Rockdale County Fire Rescue, Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded to the fire call at 8:55 a.m. and found the structure partially involved in flames upon their arrival.

Firefighters had the fire under control within two hours and turned the scene over to investigators by 10:30 a.m., according to RCFR spokeswoman Sharon Webb.

There were no injuries reported from the fire at the house where two adults and two teenaged children lived. Firefighters could not account for one of the teenagers and continued a search of the house after the fire was under control.

Authorities learned the teenage girl had gone down the street to a friend's house and came back when she learned her house was on fire. The other teenager was at school, Webb said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Webb said.

In other public safety news, the Georgia State Patrol reported that a South Carolina driver plunged to the banks of the Yellow River from I-20 in Newton County early Friday morning.

The 28-year-old Summerville, S.C., man was driving a 20-foot Budget rental truck that was pulling a trailer with a Ford Mustang on it around 5:20 a.m. when the one-vehicle crash occurred.

"The driver may have fallen asleep, drifted onto the shoulder, struck the guardrail, and then traveled down the embankment before coming to rest on the bank of the river," said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright. "The truck never got to the water."

The man was taken to Walton Medical Center where he was treated and released.