PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Fire officials believe afternoon lightning may be what caused a house fire in Peachtree Corners on Friday.
Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge said that crews arrived at the home on the 4000 block of Yarrow Bluff NW around 7:40 p.m. to find flames and smoke.
Those flames were already climbing through the second floor and part of the attic. Firefighters worked quickly to hit the fire with water and make entry but were forced out by the intense flames. Hand-lines and an aerial attack from a ladder truck helped them eventually bring the fire under control.
Rutledge said that everyone made it out of the home safely. Officials believe the fire started as a strong storm moved through the area.
Those who were inside said they heard a loud "boom" and then felt the house shake. Fire officials remind anyone who suspects a lighting strike on their home to immediately check the attic and basement. The smell of smoke or the sight of an open flame are signs to evacuate immediately.
Residents should also check that a neighboring home wasn't hit if safe to do so and be prepared to call for help and assist neighbors until crews arrive.
"This fire is an example of the intense power and energy of a lightning strike," Rutledge said.