GAINESVILLE - Hall County firefighters battled a house fire in Gainesville Thursday evening that was apparently ignited by a lightning strike.<br />
According to Fire Marshal Scott Cagle, crews were called to the 6800-block of Grand Marina Circle near Horse Shoe Circle shortly before 6 p.m. Upon arrival, Cagle said firefighters discovered an approximately 4,000 square feet home that was displaying heavy amounts of smoke.<br />
Crews worked quickly to extinguish the flames, and attempted to salvage any personal property on site by covering items with tarps. Cagle said an early damage estimate for the home was in the area of $150,000.<br />
The fire was apparently sparked by a lightning strike that traveled through the electrical system in the garage, and Cagle said that no injuries were reported in the incident.<br />
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there s...