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Lightning blamed in house fires

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A FOX 5 viewer sent this photo of fire at a home on Cambridge Trace in Dunwoody. A FOX 5 viewer sent this photo of fire at a home on Cambridge Trace in Dunwoody.
DUNWOODY, Ga. -

Firefighters believe severe weather is to blame for house fires in the metro area on Tuesday.

A neighbor caught video of flames shooting through the roof of a home off Peeler Road in Dunwoody.

Jackie Canifer said she felt the lightning strike.

"We all felt it. Our house shook. The dog jumped," said Canifer.

Canifer said she looked out the window and saw the house on fire.

Firefighters said the blaze was difficult to contain.

"It was hard to get ahead because it was a lightning strike, and lightning strikes typically have fire throughout the structure. Also, we had high-vaulted ceilings and numerous void spaces," said DeKalb County Fire Department Assist. Chief Steve Ham.

There were no injuries.

Lightning is also believed to have sparked a fire in Cherokee County.

They tell us two people were inside the home on Jefferson Township Lane when lightning hit the roof. Both were able to escape, but there was reportedly extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the home.

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