Multiple Structure Fires Due to Lightning
July 29th, 2022 Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 26 Cumberland Rd. in Emerson at 11:34 pm. Upon arrival, the homeowner advised that lightning had struck the residence. BCFES personnel checked the residence and isolated the issue with only minor electrical damage reported.
July 30th, 2022 Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services received a call to 43 Broadlands Dr. in White to a structure fire just after midnight. Crews arrived on scene to find a 2 story residence with nothing showing. Occupants advised that they smelled something burning but did not see smoke or flames. Upon investigation, crews found a burnt dryer vent. Power to the appliance was disconnected with minor damage to the appliance and vent reported.
July 30th, 2022 BCFES units were dispatched to 6152 Emerald Springs Way in Acworth at approximately 6pm to a structure fire. Upon arrival, occupants reported that lightning had hit the residence and there was smoke inside the residence. Upon investigation, crews found a light haze of smoke on the first and second floors. A thorough search of the residence was made with Thermal Imaging Cameras, but no damage was found. The smoke quickly dissipated and crews returned to service.
July 30th, 2022 BCFES was dispatched to 20 Old Jones Mill Rd. in White to a structure fire at 6:06 pm. A caller advised that lightning had hit the house and there was smoke inside the house. Crews investigated and found a faint odor of smoke but no visible smoke or flames. Crews further investigated using a Thermal Imaging Camera but could find no hot spots inside the residence. The homeowner did not have a smoke alarm so crews installed one for them and returned to serve.