Firefighters responded at 7:24 p.m., to a neighbor report of a house fire in the 2700 block of Ozora Church Road, SE in (unincorporated) Lawrenceville. The caller to 9-1-1 reported heavy smoke from the back of the house and a vehicle in the driveway. There was no answer at the front door.
Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the attic of a two-story, wood-frame house. Firefighters quickly deployed attack hose lines and entered the home to battle the blaze and conduct a primary search. Fire crews were forced to back-out and go defensive due to deteriorating conditions and flames breaking through the roof. The bulk of the fire was knocked-down from the exterior before going back inside to complete extinguishment. The blaze caused heavy damage to the structure.
The fire appears to be the result of a lightning strike during a strong thunderstorm that was moving through the area. A Fire Investigator was requested to assist with confirming the origin and cause.
There was no one home at the time the fire erupted and no injuries were reported. The occupants are out of town and spoke by telephone with the Incident Commander.
EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED: 4-Engines, 1-Ladder Truck, 1-Squad, 1-Air & Light Unit, 1-Medic Unit, 2-Battalion Chiefs and 1-Fire Investigator