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5 displaced in lightning fire

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LILBURN -- Amid an intense lighting storm, a boom startled the family.

Their house in the 5000 block of Lilburn's Remington Court shook, but they hesitated to head outside and investigate, as lightning popped in all directions, the father of the family of five told officials.

A few moments later ... interior smoke.

The family fled the home, sought shelter at a neighbor's, and alerted the Fire Department. Crews arrived at 7:16 p.m. Monday and controlled the fire in about 30 minutes. The culprit, as with a multitude of other fires in a season of fierce thunderstorms, was reportedly lightning.

No injuries were reported.

Since early June, lighting strikes in Gwinnett have been linked to brush fires, gas leaks and several destructive home fires.

At the Lilburn home Monday, firefighters relegated the fire mostly to the attic area, but other living areas sustained smoke and water damage.

The five displaced occupants are being assisted by family in the area, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

The fire marked the most significant damage reported during Monday's storms, Rutledge said.

"Firefighters worked fast -- amid dangerous lightning conditions -- to contain the fire to the attic," Rutledge said.