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Lightning strikes prompt fire department responses to two locations

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — The storms that rolled through Nelson County Monday night dumped torrential rains with heavy cloud-to-ground lightning across the county — lightning that is believed responsible for at least one house fire.

The residents of the home at 133 Castleton Drive called 911 to report they believed the roof fo their home was struck by lightning and the attic area was on fire. At 6:37 p.m., crews with the Bardstown Fire Department responded to that location. The first fire crews on the scene reported visible flames and smoke showing from the roof area.

City firefighters were assisted by firefighters with the Nelson County Fire Department. County firefighters cleared the scene at about 9:30 p.m. City firefighters remain on the scene for a longer time.

ODOR INVESTIGATION. While crews were working at the Castleton Drive fire, county firefighters were sent to a home in the 300 block of Pleasurefield Avenue for an odor investigation. According to residents, they believed lightning struck the home and smelled smoke. Firefighters were sent to the home at 7:26 p.m. They checked the home and determined there was no hazard.

ACTIVE ALARM. Bardstown firefighters were next sent to a home in the 900 block of North Third Street for an active fire alarm at about 8:14 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived and determined the source of the alarm was burnt food on the stove.

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