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Officials insist on this life-saving action before 'spring forward'

TUCKER, Ga. -- DeKalb County fire officials are reminding the public that the clock isn't the only thing that residents need to check as they approach daylight saving time overnight.

Across the country, fire departments are reiterating the need to change smoke alarm batteries before residents go to sleep.

The department cites the Centers for Disease Control in stating the importance of the change.

"Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury death in the United States and approximately half of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms," the department said in a written statement to 11Alive.

Fire officials added that having a smoke alarm reduces the risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent.

Sketch, video released of suspect in violent parking lot rape

ATLANTA -- DeKalb County Police released a sketch of suspect in a violent rape.

According to police, an unidentified man pulled a gun on a woman, 27, in the parking lot of the Atlas LaVista Hills apartments on Parklake Drive. He is then accused of forcing his way into her car, driving it to a nearby parking lot where he sexually assaulted her.

The incident reportedly happened Sunday March 6.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the rape is encouraged to contact DeKlab County Police Department at (770) 724-7519.

Warrant in deadly fire: father's injuries don't match story


TUCKER, GA (WXIA) -- In warrants obtained by 11Alive's Valerie Hoff, fire investigators report the injuries of the only surviving family member in a Tucker home fire don't match his story. 

Arson noted in fatal Tucker house fire search warrants

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – 11Alive News has learned that arson was stated in the search warrants used at the home where a mother and two daughters died last month.

One death reported in early morning fire

LITHONIA, Ga. -- One person died in an early morning fire, according to DeKalb fire department officials.

Fire officials arrived at the townhomes, located in the 5800 block of Trent Walk Dr., early Monday morning. Many ambulances are one the scene of the Wellington Manor homes.

Photos from the scene

Crews working to close major gas leak in Tucker

TUCKER, Ga. -- Crews are working to close a major gas leak at the intersection of Tucker Northlake Pkwy. and Lavista Road near Tucker, Ga. 

Grieving father: 'They were the best. Why take them?'

TUCKER, Ga. -- The lone survivor of a house fire that took the lives of his wife and daughters returned to their home on Thursday to be with them and share their memory with others.

Authorities said Kathy Patterson, her 12-year-old daughter Kayla, and 9-year-old daughter Madeline perished in a fire at a Tucker home Tuesday night.

Brent Patterson was the only one who made it out of the home alive.