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Lightning causes house fire in Buford

BUFORD -- Firefighters believe a lightning strike caused a house fire on Bogan Bluff Lane on Monday evening.

"Everyone is out of the house and no injuries are reported," Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said after firefighters were dispatched at 7:01 p.m.

A woman working in the basement said she heard a loud boom, and the house shook, Rutledge said. After the boom, the power went out, and the woman escaped unharmed.

"The woman's husband and small son were driving home and arrived a few minutes before the fire department," Rutledge said. "The man praised the firefighters for responding so quickly and for doing a good job." When firefighters arrived, they found smoke in the attic of the two-story house. The lightning hit the roof at the front gable of the house, Rutledge said, and the damage was to the attic with minor residual damage to the second floor.

Rutledge added that Monday's severe weather was a reminder to turn off and unplug electrical appliances and stay away from windows until a storm passes.

"Now is the time of year to begin planning for severe weather," he said. "Know what to do when you suspect a lightning strike: Check the attic and basement for signs of smoke or heat. Be ready to evacuate quickly and call 911 if you encounter smoke or flames."