Lightning strike burns Cherokee home to the ground

Lightning strike burns Cherokee home to the ground

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Lightning is being blamed for sparking a massive fire that gutted a Cherokee County home, burning it to the ground Wednesday. The owners were out shopping when the intense storm rolled through.

Only a charred shell remains of the home on Land Road, located just north of Canton. Photos from the Cherokee County Fire Department tell the story of a fire in the midst of severe weather that destroyed home.

A lightning strike at a tree about 50 feet away spread to the home, FOX 5 Atlanta's Marc Teichner reports. Glenn Hester says by the time he rushed to his neighbor's home, it was fully engulfed by flames.

"The lightning hit a tree and apparently ran to a propane tank or some type of tank which caused the fire to burn faster," Hester said.

Firefighters responding to the fire say they didn't have much of a chance to salvage the house; in part, because of the propane tank on the grounds that went up in flames. By the time crews knocked down the fire, only a shell remained.

"The house had a lot of wood in it, the interior and all," Hester said. "There just was nothing you could do to stop it."

Some good news: there were no fire-related injuries. The owners came home to find their smoldering home a total loss.

"They're fine. I mean, they're shook up," Hester said.

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