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Lightning causes massive damage to west Forsyth home
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The Forsyth County Fire Department found the roof and top floor of a three-story home in west Forsyth engulfed in flame Thursday, June 28, 2018, afternoon. - photo by Ben Hendren

Authorities reported extensive damage to a west Forsyth home that was struck by lightning Thursday afternoon. 

According to Division Chief Jason Shivers, spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department, at 12:16 p.m. Thursday firefighters responded to 7400 Wynfield Drive in Cumming and found the roof and top floor of a three-story home partially engulfed in flame. 

Shivers said that the occupants of the home and their pets were away when the incident occurred and were unharmed.

He said that it was quickly determined that the home was struck by lightning, and the fire grew until its smoke was seen by neighbors, who then called 911.

“With no one home, it had a long time to burn without someone noticing it,” he said. 

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A Forsyth County firefighter looks on as a west Forsyth home is engulfed in flame Thursday, June 28, 2018. - photo by Ben Hendren

Shivers said that the fire was extinguished before it reached the bottom two levels, but not before it burned through the roof of the residence and caused significant fire damage to the attic and top floor. He added that the bottom two floors of the residence received significant water damage in the incident. 

He stated that it was too soon to say whether the home will be a total loss.

During that same time Thursday afternoon, Shivers said they received a number of calls regarding lighting strikes in the county. 

The incident is currently under investigation by the Forsyth County Fire Department.