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Lightning Sparks Fires as Storms Pass Through Gwinnett

Both were started early Friday evening.

July 11 fire on Creekview Bluff Way, Buford. Credit: Gwinnett Fire PIO
July 11 fire on Creekview Bluff Way, Buford. Credit: Gwinnett Fire PIO

Gwinnett firefighters were put into action early Friday evening with the advancement of a line of strong thunderstorms through northern Gwinnett County.

Lightning caused fires in Buford and Hoschton. Here’s a synopsis from Gwinnett Fire Capt. Eric Eberly:

900 block Creekview Bluff Way, Buford, 6:50 p.m.

Firefighters responded to an occupant report of a lightning strike and house fire at the above location. Crews found heavy fire showing from the attic area of a large two story wood frame house on arrival.  Firefighters immediately deployed attack lines; and made entry inside the home to conduct a search and battle the blaze.  The fire caused moderate damage to the attic area, with smoke and water damage to portions of the main level.  Crews did an excellent job of stopping the progression of the fire, especially given the intense fire and adverse weather conditions on arrival. 

4400 block Kings Cross Way, Hoschton, 7:32 p.m.

Fire units responded to an additional residential fire where crews operated in the offensive mode on a one-story wood frame house with heavy smoke conditions showing from the roof. The blaze caused significant damage to the attic area of the structure. Moderate damage was incurred in the living area of the home due to firefighting activities. The fire has displaced 2 adults and one child.

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