CONYERS - A family was displaced after a fire broke out Tuesday evening during heavy storms, causing a brief shut-down of Ga. Hwy 138 north.
Rockdale County Fire Rescue received a call around 5 p.m. "The occupants heard a loud 'pop' prior to the fire," said Lance Malcom, RCFR's senior fire prevention officer.
Two of the three residents were home at the time, a mother and a middle school-aged child.
The smoke detectors began sounding. "That gave them early notification and they were able to exit the structure before the fire department arrived," said Malcom.
When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, there was yellow and grey smoke coming from the crawl space of the single story home. When they went about 10 feet inside the home, there were flames visible.
The fire was quickly extinguished but there was some damage done to the electrical system and gas lines of the home.
The damage was largely in the living room and adjacent room area.
It "appears it may have been weather related," said Malcom, regarding the fire.
The family was able to stay with relatives that night.