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August 15--  A mid-afternoon thunderstorm in the Vidalia area Wednesday afternoon was accompanied by lightning strikes which took out phone and computer systems in some businesses and started a house fire.


pinetreeFire Chief Brian Sikes says the home of the John Pointer family at 803 5th Street suffered serious fire damage to the interior after lightning hit and split an 80-foot pine tree in the front yard.

No occupants were injured, but a fireman suffered a cut on his arm fighting the fire, according to the chief.