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Lightning blamed for NW Albany Apartment fire

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ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

Albany firefighters were called to extinguish an apartment fire Tuesday morning, at 2030 West Broad Avenue, just after 8:15.

Fire officials say lightning is to blame after it struck a tree, exploded and landed on top of Windsor Apartment's roof. Five units were affected, and those residents will be displaced.  The Red Cross is going to help with a temporary place to live.

Assistant fire chief Rubin Jordan says its difficult to prepare for when lightning strikes but the best thing to do is to stay indoors because it creates a secure area for you and your family.

Flames ate away at the their roof, but it's what they heard seconds before that grabbed their attention. "We heard a loud boom," said Gary Colley.

It was lightning that struck a tree, exploded and landed on the roof. For resident Gary Colley, it only took seconds for him to spring into action. "We saw smoke, it was me and another guy and we pretty much just ran over and started banging on doors and pretty much trying to wake everyone up." 

The Albany Fire Department arrived and quickly was able to control the blaze after they ripped through the attic, five units were affected and those living inside had to be displaced. Assistant Fire Chief Rubin Jordan says its difficult to prepare for when lightning strikes but has one piece of advice... "The best place to be is indoors cause that creates a secure area for you," said  Jordan.

Jordan says they anticipate more weather-related calls for the next couple of days.  As for Colley, he'll be ready.  "We're just trying to look out for everyone, you know, everyone is out here, we're all neighbors and all, so, we just do what we can."

 

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