Community rallies behind Ga. firefighter who lost home after lightning strike

Darnell Musgrove, three other adults and five children were forced from their home after a lightning strike caused a fire, which destroyed the house


By Zachary Hansen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A Sandy Springs firefighter lost his home Wednesday night because of a lightning strike, authorities said.

Darnell Musgrove, three other adults and five children were forced from their home because of the fire, the Sandy Springs Fire Department said in a Facebook post. No one was hurt during the incident, but the house was totaled.

Sandy Springs firefighter Darnell Musgrove lost his home Wednesday night because of a lightning strike. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Sandy Springs firefighter Darnell Musgrove lost his home Wednesday night because of a lightning strike. (Photo/GoFundMe)
 

Overnight one of our own suffered the loss of his home due to fire from a lightning strike. His home was a total loss....

Posted by Sandy Springs Fire Department on Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

Musgrove currently works for the Sandy Springs Fire Marshall’s Office, and he spent 30 years as a Cobb County firefighter, retiring in 2015, Channel 2 Action News reported.

GoFundMe page set up for Musgrove and his family has raised over $2,000 as of Thursday night. 

“If you can, please help this family that has been a service to the community for so long,” the page said. 

Musgrove’s home is among several others that caught on fire possibly due to lightning the past two days. 

A home in Cherokee County burned down while its owners were on vacation, AJC.com previously reported. The two-story house collapsed due to the fire. 

Habersham County firefighters responded to seven house fires believed to have been caused by lightning, the department said. All seven structures suffered minor damages. 

House fires in Cobb and Paulding counties late Wednesday were also possibly caused by lighting strikes. Firefighters battled a blaze in the 4300 block of Oak Village Place near Marietta just before 11 p.m., and no one was hurt during the incident. 

Another house fire in the 1500 block of Gulledge Road near Dallas started around 8:30 p.m., when there was lightning reported in the area. Investigators have not determined the exact cause, Paulding County fire Lt. Steve Mapes said. The house was significantly damaged.

A fire Tuesday afternoon in the Edgewood neighborhood of Atlanta was also likely started when lightning hit a nearby power pole, Atlanta fire officials said.

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