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Lightning strike started fire that destroyed Warner Robins home

WARNER ROBINS -- A lightning strike started a fire late Monday that destroyed a home at 106 Birdie Drive.

Jennifer Powell, public information officer for the Warner Robins Fire Department, said the blaze started in the attic.

The homeowner and his wife heard the storm approaching. The breakers were tripped and some of the breakers would not come back on, which caused the homeowner to check the attic, Powell said.

He smelled smoke and saw the fire, Powell said. The couple escaped the home and called 911.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:47 p.m. with three engine trucks, a ladder truck and a brush truck. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was extinguished within 15-20 minutes, Powell said.

The fire also caused some damage to the vinyl siding to an adjacent home at 104 Birdie Drive, she said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.