Lightning strikes cause house fires

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two families were displaced Friday night, when lightning strikes caused house fires.

Neighbors reported the first strike at about 8:33 p.m when they saw flames from the attic of 2045 Calm Water Court in Suwanee, said Gwinnett Fire Lt. Craig Stanley.

Stanley said firefighters had the blaze knocked down at 8:59 p.m., but it caused extensive damage to the attic and roof area, along with minor smoke and water damage to the remainder of the house.

A couple and a child were displaced, he said.

About an hour after the first strike at 9:26 p.m., lightning caused a fire at 3330 Goldmist Drive in Buford, Stanley said.

There, the fire was knocked down at 9:53 p.m. but it left damage to the attic and a room. Stanley said three occupants were displaced.

The thunderstorm kept firefighters busy, Stanley said, with numerous reports of possible lightning strikes, fire alarms triggered and telephone wires knocked down by a tree in the Lilburn area.

In Lawrenceville, a 70-foot pine tree fell onto a house causing light structural damage.

Stanley said no one was injured when the tree fell onto the single story house at 919 Oak Moss Lane at 9:08 p.m.