Officials tally damage from Tuesday storms

LAWRENCEVILLE - Though Gwinnett ducked the brunt of Tuesday's storm damage - the windy wallop and possible tornado in Fulton and Cherokee counties - the county wasn't spared from damaging lightning and wind.

A strong line of severe thunderstorms whipped Gwinnett just after 6 p.m. Firefighters responded to a total of 48 calls, ranging from lightning-strike house fires to downed electrical wires.

Despite three reported house fires, Capt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, said no major damage was reported. Firefighters responded to 29 alarm bells ringing at schools, businesses and residences, as well as numerous reports of smoke, downed wires and wood fires, he said.

No injuries were reported in the house fires. All three were caused by lightning. Here's a synopsis:

4500 block of Mulberry Fields Lane in Dacula. Firefighters found an active fire in the basement, which caused significant damage to the basement, slight damage to the main level and sent smoke throughout the house.

3000 block of Hidden Drive in Lawrenceville. Firefighters found an active fire in the basement. It caused moderate damage in the basement and sent smoke throughout the house.

900 block of Still Road in Lawrenceville. An occupant reported a lightning strike to a tree in the yard and a blown electrical outlet in a bedroom. Responders found no fire or smoke, Rutledge said.