Lightning blamed for at least two Macon house fires

Thunderstorms Monday night unleashed dangerous lightning blamed for setting fire to at least two Macon houses.

At about 8:10 p.m., firefighters at the Second Street station heard explosive lightning down the street and found a vacant house ablaze in the 2400 block.

Flames devoured the old house and walls collapsed, destroying the house of about 2,000 sq. ft., said Sgt. Ben Gleaton, a Macon-Bibb fire investigator.

At about 8:15 p.m., another lightning strike reportedly set fire to a house in the 300 block of Fairways Drive in Barrington Hall.

Initial reports indicated that fire was confined to the crawl space and walls.