However, about six lightning strikes to homes were reported to the Cherokee County 911, but none of the homes received any significant damage, according to Tim Cavender, Cherokee County Fire Department’s director of public affairs.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire at about 6:45 a.m. Monday at the 800 block of Bridgemill Ave. The property is leased by First Baptist Church of Marietta and is referred to as Chapel Knoll.
“Firefighters arrived on the scene to find two doublewide trailers fully involved,” said Capt. Ryan Osborne. “The property contained five doublewide trailers, but only two were completely destroyed.”
The church’s lakeside facility is used in partnership with Holy Spirit Encounter, a ministry that holds a variety of retreats.
First Baptist Church of Marietta Senior Pastor Bill Ross said the facility is used at least three out of four weekends each month during the summer.
“We’ve had to cancel our events this week in order to catch our breath,” Ross said. “There was no one at the property that I know of when the fire happened and we’re still waiting to hear back on what caused it. We hope the first of August we can go back to hosting our events on the property.”
Cavender said no injuries were reported and Cherokee Fire is still investigating the fire’s cause
Cherokee County Fire Investigator Shane Daniel said Tuesday, “Lightning was not the cause of the fire at the church retreat yesterday. No lightning was reported in the area until after the fire started, according to the lighting strike analysis. The cause at this time is still undetermined.”
House fire strikes
Cherokee County Fire Services also responded to a structure fire on Saturday shortly after 8 a.m. on Valley Drive in Bridgemill community.
A neighbor contacted Cherokee County 911 reporting the deck on the back of the house was on fire. The caller then went to the front door and knocked to see if anyone was at home. He advised the family that the house was on fire and they quickly got to safety, Cavender said.
According to Battalion Chief Kerry Hughes, the first engine arrived on the scene within about five minutes, where firefighters found fire on the back deck going into the attic. Within 15 minutes, firefighters were able to get the fire under control and save the house from major damage.
“The back deck, attic and master bedroom received the most damage,” said Hughes.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and there were no imjury reports.