On the afternoon of August 24, a Dawsonville, Georgia, family lost their home, and two of their beloved dogs, in a devastating fire that was apparently sparked by a lightning strike. As reported by FYN News, there were severe thunderstorms in the area when the fire started at the residence located at 55 Day Road.
The family was not at home when the blaze started – but their pets were inside of the house. Eric Johnston, the homeowner, recounted what he found when his family returned to their residence:
There were about a dozen fire trucks, police and EMT in front of our home. The electric pole in front of the house was struck by lighting and traveled through the wires into the house and it was set on fire. Everything we owned has been lost.
And mourned the loss of the dogs killed because of the fire:
Our twelve year old dog Trooper, passed away from smoke inhalation. He was the centerpiece of our family. Just four days earlier we had brought home a pair of beautiful 10 week old sister puppies. They were rushed to the ER vet. Lily passed away last night. It looks like Lola, the little fighter she is, is going to make it.
The community has reached out to try and help the family recover from this unbelievable tragedy. A GoFundMe account (found here) has raised over $7,000. In a Facebook post, Johnston wrote of his family’s need for assistance:
A friend of ours has setup a GoFundMe page to assist us in rebuilding our lives. As difficult as it is to ask for help, I am asking this time. Prayers, donations, messages, calls all mean the world to us and our family.
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