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Lightning causes house fire in Lugoff

Posted: September 10, 2015 5:07 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Lights from fire trucks turn a home on Lachicotte Road in Lugoff pink as firefighters work to save the home from a Sept. 4 fire. The Lugoff fire marshal said a lightning strike to the roof during a strong thunderstorm sparked the blaze. No one was injured.

A lightning strike to the roof of a Lachicotte Road, Lugoff home during a strong Sept. 4 thunderstorm started a fire, according to a Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) press release. LF-R crews responded to the fire around 11:40 p.m.

According to LF-R Chief Dennis Ray, someone living in the home reported the smell of smoke inside. LF-R Engine 10 arrived on the scene to find smoke and fire coming from the attic area of the home. Crews quickly accessed the fire from the attic and extinguished the flames before they spread to the rest of the home.

Crews from Blaney, Pine Grove and Doby’s Mill Fire Departments also responded to the scene and assisted Lugoff crews with extinguishing hot spots after the fire as well as helping supply water from a fire hydrant approximately 600 feet from the home.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control for the incident and the Red Cross assisted the occupants after the fire. Progress Energy secured the power to the home as firefighters removed the power meter before applying water to the fire inside the home to help neutralize any electrocution hazards for the crews.

The LF-R fire marshal determined the lightning strike to the roof caused the fire. There were no injuries from the fire and damage was estimated around $30,000. 

“Homeowners should closely inspect their homes after storms, especially when lightning strikes close to the area, and call 911 immediately if any smoke is smelled or if they think the home may have been hit by lightning,” Ray said. “The sooner we are called, the sooner we can arrive, check the home for fire with thermal imaging cameras and begin to suppress any fire to keep it from spreading. Fires inside homes spread very quickly from the abundance of fuels from contents in homes today. Some fire damage is not as obvious as some think, so calling us to check is always a good call.”

Ray said crews were clear from the scene around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. 

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