firefighters responded to two lightning strikes during Wednesday’s evening
fierce electrical storm.
No one was injured
in either and in both cases damage appears to have been minimal.
Lt. Steve Himan
told the Chesterton Tribune today that the CFD’s first call was at
6:27 p.m., after a bolt hit the roof of a house in the 300 block of South
struck a drip edge approximately halfway up the roof, Himan said, blowing a
small hole through it and scorching a piece of insulation. Firefighters used
a thermal camera outside and inside the home to confirm that the lightning
had caused only superficial damage.
“There was no fire
and no breach of the electrical,” Himan said.
The CFD cleared
that scene at 6:41 p.m.
later, at 7:08 p.m., the CFD assisted the Liberty Township Volunteer FD at
the scene of another lightning strike, a home in the 900 north block of C.R.
400E in Jackson Township. In that case lightning had similarly hit the roof
and blown a hole in the ceiling, Himan said. The CFD checked the attic,
found nothing of concern, and cleared the scene at 7:41 p.m.