Fire crews respond to multiple homes struck by lightning in Effingham Co.

Fire crews respond to multiple homes struck by lightning in Effingham Co.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Flooding wasn’t the only concern for Thursday’s First Alert Weather Day.

As lightning strikes did their fair share of damage across the Coastal Empire. Two of the strikes hitting homes in Effingham County, the first in Guyton.

“We had a lightning strike call in. When we arrived on scene there was smoking showing from the structure,” said Effingham County Fire Department Deputy Chief Bryce Nyberg.

That call coming from the 100 block of Briarwood Court in Guyton just before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors describing a loud explosion type sound that shook their own home.

Once on the scene fire officials located a fire in the upstairs of the home.

“They quickly extinguished the fire with minimal damage to the home,” said Deputy Chief Nyberg.

The best news though, none of the four people inside the home were injured.

Although the fire itself wasn’t an unusually dangerous one.

Fighting it in the middle of a storm that’s already produced lightning once is certainly no easy task.

“It is very dangerous for us to be out here like this and we try not to put our guys at any inherent risk,” says Deputy Chief Nyberg.

That means staying off the roof as much as possible.

But when it comes to protecting the public Deputy Chief Nyberg says it’s never a question.

“If it’s life safety then we do what we have to do, that’s part of our job.”

The second home struck by lightning in Effingham County was on Highland Road in Rincon

According to authorities the home in Rincon received only minor damage.

While the home in Guyton sustained moderate to minor damage.

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