The roof and attic area of a Marietta family’s home was heavily damaged Thursday night after a fire started from what firefighters believe was caused by lightning.
“I can’t confirm it was a lightning strike but that’s the way it looks,” said Denell Boyd with Cobb Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. to flames shooting through the roof. The two-story brick house is on Sweat Creek Run in the Highlands at Wesley Chapel subdivision.
“It took us 30 minutes to get it under control but we were there for two and a half hours from start to finish,” Boyd said.
Seven pieces of fire equipment were on the scene and 17 firefighters fought the blaze.
Boyd isn’t sure exactly how many people live in the home but during the fire family members sat inside one of the fire engines because of the storms. No one was injured.
“We had to pull the ladder truck back down because the lighting was so bad,” Boyd said. “We were having to hit (the fire) from the inside but it was very difficult to get to.”
Family members didn’t answer the door Friday morning but a neighbor three doors down said he stood in the rain and watched firefighters fight the blaze for about 30 minutes Thursday night.
“The center, front part of the roof was up in flames,” said Alex Gray.
He didn’t know the homeowners’ names.
Gray was alerted of the fire when his dog started barking from all the chaos down the street.
Another neighbor told him while watching the firefighters that they believe it was caused by lightning, and Gray said it didn’t surprised him because the weather was so bad in their area two nights ago.
“It was horrible!” he said. “I left the house around 11:30 (Thursday night) and I could barely see out my windows.”