Storm causes fire, downed trees and power lines
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A severe thunderstorm that swept through northwest Georgia Monday evening left downed trees and power lines in its wake.

Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Sandy Turner said the storm also sparked a house fire on Fairfield Lane. The home was struck by lightning about 6:30 p.m.

Stations 3, 9 and 12 responded, with firefighters still on scene after 9 p.m. Turner said the damage was moderate and the residents were able to evacuate safely.

Turner said there reports also came in from around the county of downed trees, including the White Road, Hardin Bridge Road and Taylorsville areas.

Georgia Power reported about 9 p.m. that 31,000 customers in northwest Georgia were without power.

Carol Boatwright said at 10 p.m. 261 residents in Bartow County were without power. She could not estimate a time power would be fully restored as crews were working across the state due to severe weather.

Taylorsville Mayor and Cartersville Fire Department Capt. Mitchell Bagley said the storm tore portions of the roof off the Masonic lodge in Taylorsville and felled trees and power lines.

Bagley said the department on Sunday worked two small fires — a paper towel container in the men’s restroom at Publix, 300 Cherokee Place, and a grass fire on Autumn Turn.

According to the captain, the paper towel container was set on fire just after 8 p.m. and was out upon the arrival of engines 2 and 4 and squad 4. The damage was limited to the container.

Man injuries himself during attempted theft

Cartersville police on Saturday morning were called to the Goodyear building after a man attempting to cut electrical wires fell, injuring himself.

Just before 4 a.m., a woman called 911 saying her husband had called saying he needed help inside the 8 Goodyear Ave. location. Cartersville Fire Department and Cartersville police made entry into the building where they found Keith Allen Cole of Cartersville lying on the second-floor stairs. He told CFD personnel he had fallen from a ladder in another part of the building and crawled to the stairs but had to stop due to the pain.

CPD officers found, along with the ladder, work gloves, cutting pliers, bolt cutters and what appeared to be freshly cut electrical lines containing copper.

A representative for the building advised he did not know Cole and the ladder was the only item belonging to the facility.

Cole was transported to Cartersville Medical Center and warrants were taken for burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Officers also filed an open records form for the 911 call where Cole allegedly stated he jumped the fence and where he was located inside the building.