County firefighters respond to six fires, mostly due to light-ing

Remnants of a splintered tree on Cold Springs Road demonstrates the power of lightning. The strike, which came as part of Sunday afternoon’s storms, resulted in some damage to a “she shed” on the property and may have even run into the home, said Lincoln County Fire Chief Doug Campbell, adding that damage to the home was very limited.

Lincoln County volunteer firefighters were busy over the weekend, with several homes struck by lightning Sunday as a result of storms.

About 1:40 p.m. lightning struck a tree at 246 Cold Springs Road in Petersburg and ignited a shed, said Fire Chief Doug Campbell, adding that the home sustained limited damage. Stations 413 Petersburg, 414 Belleville, 411 Boonshill and 419 Central responded.

Around 2:25 p.m. units were paged to a lightning strike near a home at 81 Pitts Bend Road. A small fire, originating with an electrical wire, was found under the floor.

 “It was quickly extinguished with very minor damage to one floor joist and some duct work,” said Campbell. Central, Boonshill and Park City stations were on the scene.

Then about 4 p.m. lightning is believed to have hit a house at 13 Cantrell Road in Flintville.  The only damage found was to a satellite box, and no other fire or extension was found, he said. Units responding were Flintville and Vanntown.

About 6 p.m. Lincoln County Fire Rescue and Fayetteville Fire and Rescue responded to another fire that Campbell suspects was as a result of a lightning strike. “Barn and equipment were lost in the fire, but it was contained to one barn only,” Campbell said.  Central and Flintville Units were on the scene.

About 1 p.m. on Saturday a small home at 38 Lookout Lane in Petersburg burned to the ground. Campbell stated it did not have power and no determination was made on the cause. Units from Petersburg, Boonshill and Central Station responded to the call.

Later on Saturday, about 3:48 p.m., Park City and Vanntown units were paged to 9 Sonoma Drive, where an outdoor shed fire was endangering another structure. The fire was extinguished. No other information was available at deadline Monday cause of the blaze.

“I do want to say that our County Fire Volunteers were very busy, and we had a great response to all our calls,” said Campbell. “Another thank you needs to go out to our 911 dispatchers. They not only had to deal with all the fire calls that were going on and multiple calls from the public on the weather, but they also had to deal with everyday ambulance, police and sheriff’s department calls.”

He also thanked Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder for always having deputies on the scene, EMS Director Richard Wright, and Fayetteville Police Department and THP for assisting with traffic control at the 1321 Winchester Highway fire scene.

“We were very fortunate on the weather on Sunday and Sunday night as we had no reports of storm damage or flooding issues,” he added.

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