Walton County Fire Rescue is currently working three fires, two of them a result of lightning according to Battalion Chief Craig League.
“One is at 5440 Emmett Still Road, anther is at 2205 New Hope Church Road. Both were the result of Lightning,” League said. He is unaware of the damage sustained to each at the moment, but said crews were on route to a third fire at 1011 Travertine Trial. “The fire on Travertine Trail is a clothes dryer fire, contained to the dryer. All units are in service at Emmett Still Road, Engine 2 is still at New Hope. E13 is at Travertine Trail.”
Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Rescue has also been kept busy with fires around the County, two in the Snellville area of Unincorporated Gwinnett as a result of lightening. According to GCFER public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge, units responded to a fire in a mobile home in the 3600 block of Everson Road at 2:31 p.m. as a result of a lightening strike. Red Cross is assisting three adults and five children in that fire. Just a minute before, firefighters were called to a residence in the 4000 block of Patch Court. Lightning is reported to have hit that home and sparked a fire behind the clothes dryer. It was doused by the occupant with a portable fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived.