Lightning strikes causes two house fires

Lightning strikes causes two house fires

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:20pm

A lightning strike to the chimney of a home started a fire in Central.

The Central Fire Department reports that the fire started at around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 during the height of bad weather moving through the area. The fire at the home on Frontier road in Central was quickly extinguished, but an estimated $70,000 worth of damage was done.

Investigators have determined that lightning is the cause of the fire.

The occupants of the home were able to escape unharmed.

A second fire happened in Baton Rouge on Hoo Shoo Too road. The St. George Fire Department worked that call, which was extinguished at 5:30 p.m.

We're told a firefighter working that call was injured. Officials say he hurt his knee, but did not provide information on how that happened.


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