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Fire Department stays busy with severe weather

Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services crews were kept busy late Monday after a heavy thunderstorm moved through the area, according to spokesman Capt. Eric Eberly.

A total of three significant fires were reported:

-- Firefighters responded at 5:53 p.m. to a report of a house fire at the 1300 block of Chesapeake Drive in Lilburn. Firefighters had to enter the structure to battle the blaze in a two-story wood frame house.

The fire caused moderate damage to the attic.

The family was home at the time but were not displaced.The cause was a lightning strike.

-- Firefighters responded at 6:17 p.m. to Tree Corner Apartments at the 1500 block of Grayson Highway in Grayson. Crews found heavy smoke with light fire showing from the roof of a three-story apartment building. After evacuating the remainder of the building, crews made immediate entry to conduct a search and fight the fire.

Firefighters contained the fire to the attic area to one side of the building. Three apartment units sustained significant fire damage while three other lower units received moderate water damage. There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is a lightning strike.

-- Firefighters responded at 7:25 p.m., to a report of a house fire at the 2900 block of Bart Johnson Road in Buford.

Crews arrived to find an outbuilding that was fully involved with exposures to a travel trailer, propane tanks and a single-family residence.

Dew to the advanced state of the fire, crews operated in a defensive mode.

The outbuilding was a total loss, moderate fire and smoke damage to the travel trailer and no damage to the home. The fire was caused by a lightning strike to a nearby tree.

No injuries were reported.