Lightning sparks fire at Albany apartment

Lightning sparks fire at Albany apartment
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Fire Department responded to a fire that started inside of a wall, caused by lightning, at an apartment in the 2600 block of Erica Court Monday night.

According to fire officials, a lightning strike started the blaze in a top floor apartment.

A passerby saw smoke in the area and called officials around 6:10 p.m.

Firefighters said they immediately went to work to stop the fire from spreading out of the wall into the attic.

Fire officials said the fire was very small because they were able to respond to it quickly before it had time to grow.

Crews said that only one apartment was effected, the one belonging to Brittney Thomas and no one was home at the time.

"Made entry. Found a little bit of fire located inside one of the walls, were able to extinguish the fire pretty quickly. Checked on the adjoining apartments. Made sure nobody was inside of those," said Albany Fire Department Captain John Beamon.

Firefighters estimate the damage to Thomas' apartment at about $2,500, mostly due to smoke damage. No other apartment was affected.

Dispatch said Albany police also responded to the scene to assist with traffic control.

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