Lightning strike sparks 2 house fires in Gwinnett Co. - CBS46 News

Lightning strike sparks 2 house fires in Gwinnett Co.

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DULUTH, GA (CBS46) -

Lightning from strong storms is to blame for two house fires in Gwinnett County Thursday.

The three adults living in the 3000 block of Oak Hampton Way NW told firefighters that they heard a loud boom as they lost electricity.

The male homeowner said he saw the vent pipes on the roof fall to the ground. He checked the attic to find a large orange glow. At this time, a neighbor had come to the home to alert the family of the fire.

The three adults and two children in the home got out of the home before firefighters arrived around 9:30 p.m.

After a few minutes, crews had extinquished the flames. There was extensive fire damage to the attic. The first and second floor sustained water and smoke damage from firefighting efforts. No injuries were reported. The blaze displaced all five occupants.

A second fire call came at 10:41 p.m. in the 3500 block of Greenside Court NE in Dacula. Gwinnett County firefighters found a fire in the attic of a two-story home. Crews contained the flames to the attic; however, the second floor received water and smoke damage. Residents were displaced, but no injuries were reported.

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