White County house fire likely caused by lightning

Firefighters suspect lightning ignited the fire that burned down this home on Goat Neck Road on Easter Sunday. (White County Public Safety)

(Cleveland)- White County fire officials say no one was injured Sunday when lightning is believed to have started a fire on Goat Neck Road.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy in a news release said the fire was reported around 3:30 PM on Sunday.

County fire units from Station 2 responded with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale Correction Institute (L.A.C.I.). Murphy said upon arrival, the 2,000 sq foot home was totally involved; firefighters started a defensive attack to extinguish the fire.

According to the residents, they heard a loud crack of lightning and a few moments later they smelled smoke in the home and followed it to the basement.  Once in the basement, they found the fire. They attempted to extinguish the fire but soon realized it was more than they could handle.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family, no injuries were reported.  Murphy said firefighters were on scene for about three hours.

Murphy advised that on Monday, White County Fire units responded to a rekindling of that fire and were on scene for two hours.

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