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Updated: 6:14 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 | Posted: 9:48 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
Strong storms across the metro area have injured several people and damaged businesses and homes. In Fayette County, a lightning strike is to blame for eight injuries. Firefighters from Fayette County said a family was sitting under an awning outside a home on Hilo Road when lightning struck the home. Eight people were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. Fire investigators said the strike caused about $1,000 worth of damage to the home.
The storms are to blame for bringing down a tree on top of Fox Brothers BBQ on DeKalb Avenue in Little 5 Points at about 6 p.m. Thursday night. The owners tell Channel 2's Tony Thomas the tree came crashing into the main dining room of the restaurant.
They said it was a hectic scene as patrons flew out of the restaurant.
“They say it sounded like the end of the world,” Justin Fox of Fox Brothers BBQ said. They said people were inside eating dinner when the tree crashed through the ceiling.
“There were a few tables where it happened but fortunately they saw it happening and were able to get out before the tree down,” Fox said. Luckily no one was injured in the incident, but the owners of the restaurant said it will be closed indefinitely until they are able to repair the damage.
“It's not a good day, but it will get better. We will be back I guarantee that,” Fox said.
Tree removal crews remained at the restaurant late into the night Thursday.
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