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CFD responds to lightning strikes

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Chesterton 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 11th Street.

The lightning 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.

Twenty minutes 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.


Posted 11/3/2016





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