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House on fire in Lee County

Flames shoot out of the back of a house in Lee County Flames shoot out of the back of a house in Lee County
Lt. Allen Harris, Lee County Public Safety Lt. Allen Harris, Lee County Public Safety
Lee County Firefighters put water on the burning house Lee County Firefighters put water on the burning house
Neighbors were quick to save the family pet from the burning home Neighbors were quick to save the family pet from the burning home
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lightning is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Lee County on Sunday morning.

Neighbors say the fire started in the attic of a home at 281 Willow Lake Drive shortly after 9:30.

Neighbors say they heard a lightning strike near their homes just before the fire started.

The family was at church at the time of the fire but quickly came home when neighbors called them. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

" It started in the attic. We're not sure exactly how it started but homeowners stated that it  was in the middle of a thunderstorm and right after a loud lightning strike which sounded like it did hit the structure, but we haven't been able to confirm that yet," said Lt. Allen Harris.

No one was injured, including the family's dog, who managed to get out safely. Firefighters say there's a lot of damage to the attic and second floor of the home.

" When we made it to the upstairs, we located the attic entrance. We sent a two man team to try to fight the fire and a second two man team into the bedrooms onto the second floor where the fire already exited into the bedrooms," said Lt. Harris.

Neighbors stood outside in a gray cloud of smoke as they watched more than ten firefighters extinguish the blaze, which kept spreading.

" As we fought the fire into one section it would get heavier in a second section, and then we kept on moving from section to section until we finally extinguished all the fire," said Lt. Harris.

The Griffin family says their thankful no one was hurt.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue throughout the day on Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee says there is a slight chance for some strong thunderstorms on Monday afternoon in southwest Georgia.

 

This is a developing story. Stay with WALB for the latest.

 

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