Man dies in house fire after wife, son escape

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Fire officials are investigating an early morning blaze that killed a man and destroyed his home Sunday.

Fire fighters were dispatched about 3 a.m. to the suburban Atlanta house, which was completely engulfed in flames when they arrived, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. Two residents, a mother and son, escaped the fire without injury, he said.

The father, 70, was found dead by firefighters inside the home, Rutledge said.

The single-story house had no working smoke detectors. One of the occupants discovered the fire after being awakened by a loud popping sound.

The names of the victim and the survivors were not released.