Fire Department kept busy during thunderstorms

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A teenage girl injured after lightning struck just outside her doorway was one of nearly a dozen significant lightning-related incidents in Gwinnett County Tuesday night.

With severe thunderstorms rolling through the area between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Gwinnett County emergency personnel received 390 calls per hour at the height of the storm, fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

A few minutes prior to 9:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a home on the 2800 block of Cove Crossing Drive in Lawrenceville, where "a teenage girl was reportedly standing in the doorway when lightning struck nearby," Rutledge said.

The girl fell and sustained minor injuries, and was transported to the hospital for evaluation, Rutledge said. No further information was available Wednesday.

Seven different residences were believed to be struck by lightning Tuesday, including a Braselton home that suffered "heavy damage."

Gwinnett and Hall County fire units responded to the two-story house on Legacy Maple Drive at about 9:25 p.m., finding heavy fire showing from the second floor and attic on arrival, Rutledge said. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, but not before it caused heavy damage.

"No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported," Rutledge said.

Crews also discovered a tree on fire near a residence on the 1200 block of Della Way in Lawrenceville, and responded to other residential lightning strikes in Bethlehem, Dacula and Suwanee, as well as three separate incidents in Lawrenceville.

Lightning strikes were also reported at the Gwinnett County Police Department's north precinct in Buford and a Lifetime Fitness location on North Brown Road in Lawrenceville.

Minor damage, including an activated sprinkler head, was reported at the police precinct. Smoke and power outages were reported at the gym.