Stormy weather blamed in house fire, traffic crashes
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Traffic on Interstate 75 north moves at a snail's pace due to a series of accidents that occurred between the Red Top Mountain State Park exit and the Main Street exit. Most of the accidents were the result of a fast-moving storm that blew through Bartow County between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Neil B. McGahee/The Daily Tribune News
Traffic on Interstate 75 north moves at a snail's pace due to a series of accidents that occurred between the Red Top Mountain State Park exit and the Main Street exit. Most of the accidents were the result of a fast-moving storm that blew through Bartow County between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Neil B. McGahee/The Daily Tribune News
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Stormy weather that swept through Thursday evening was blamed for a house fire and a traffic mess.

The line of strong storms moved through about 7:30 p.m., bringing hail, lightning, rain and heavy wind.

Bartow County Fire Department Sgt. Lisa Hahn said a lightning strike was believed to be the cause of a mobile home fire on Nalley Road in Rydal.

Stations 5, 8 and 15 responded to the call, finding the home fully involved upon arrival.

A tree also fell across U.S. Highway 411 in White, taking with it phone lines. Hahn said both lanes were closed for some time as crews cleared the debris and lines.

She added that the department had received calls concerning trees on power lines, but Georgia Power was working those.

The utility company reported 162,000 outages statewide at 9:30 p.m., with 1,000 of those in northwest Georgia.

Just after 8 p.m. Cartersville police advised the department, along with the Georgia State Patrol and Emerson police, had worked a half dozen wrecks both north and south on Interstate 75 between Red Top Mountain and the Main Street exit.

No injuries were reported in any of those crashes.