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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Lightning ignites Washington building

By Andy Hallman | Aug 15, 2010
Marc Korver surveys the fire damage to the attic of 311 E. Main St. Monday morning. The apartment building was struck by lightning Friday night which caught the roof on fire. Korver was asleep in the building at the time of the lightning strike but was told to leave when authorities arrived.

    The two-story apartment building at 311 E. Main St. in Washington was on fire Friday night after it was struck by lightning. The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. during a thunderstorm which blew through the area. The Washington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and put out the fire. No injuries were reported.

    Washington Fire Chief Tom Wide said the fire department was given an assist from Mother Nature because the rain from the thunderstorm prevented the fire from spreading very far. He said the 15 or so firefighters were able to extinguish the flames on the roof using very little water, and that there was only minor structural damage to the building. He said the firefighters were on scene for less than an hour. Wide estimated that 32 square feet of the roof caught fire before his crew could put it out.

    “There is no appreciable smoke damage, although there is a smoke smell in the attic,” said Wide. 

    Wide said that the fire department’s response time was very quick because the apartment is only two blocks from the fire station. He said the occupants were told to leave the building but were allowed to re-enter after the fire was put out. One of the apartment’s occupants is Marc Korver, who was sleeping inside the building at the time it was struck by lightning.

For the full story, see the Aug. 16 edition of The Washington Evening Journal

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