A possible lightning strike destroyed a home in north Fulton County as heavy rain and severe storms moved through North Georgia early Friday, police said.
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Possible lightning strike destroys Johns Creek home

A possible lightning strike destroyed a home in north Fulton County as heavy rain and severe storms moved through North Georgia early Friday.

Just after 5:30 a.m., officials learned of a fire at a home in the 200 block of Leaf Court, Johns Creek interim fire Chief Chris Coons said. When units arrived, they saw heavy fire on the second floor as well as the roof.

Authorities had to call for help from agencies in other jurisdictions, including Alpharetta and Milton. 

It took about 30 minutes for crews to get the fire under control. They are still on the scene knocking out hot spots.

After that, “we will begin the investigation process,” Coons said. “It’s assumed that it was lightning, but it may not be.”

At the time of the fire, everyone inside the home was in the basement due to a tornado warning that had been issued for the area. 

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“They felt a large vibration in the house so they seemed to think it was lightning as well,” Coons said.

Everyone escaped without injury.

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