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Thunderstorms spark lightning fires in northeast and central parts of Georgia

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WINDER, Georgia — Powerful lightning and high winds from storms over Barrow County kept firefighters and emergency crews busy all night. Lighting also sparked house fires in Macon.

In Barrow County, Lt. Scott Dakin of Barrow County Emergency Services tells WSB-TV that damage in downtown Winder looks like a scene after a tornado or hurricane.

Dakin said that in one case, it appeared that lightning traveled down a tree and entered a house on Hiram Way, starting a fire in the attic. Firefighters were able to contain that blaze.

Lightning struck the roof of another home on Emma Lane in Winder.

In Macon, lighting was blamed for setting fires to two homes. The Telegraph reports that one of those fires destroyed a vacant house.

No serious injuries were reported.

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