Lightning blamed for fire that damaged townhomes in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lightning is being blamed for a fire that damaged two townhomes on Zoeller Court in Lexington. The Lexington Fire Department says the call came in around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday , but neighbors say they saw and heard the big, bright flash of lightning and thunder that followed around 1:00 p.m.
Firefighters say the lightning caught the attic of a townhouse on fire, which was attached to two other units and all three were occupied at the time. Firefighters say everyone was able get out safely, but two families were displaced for the time being due to a collapsed roof and other fire damage.
“We initially had some difficulty getting into that attic space,” says Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Brad Whittaker. “Once we started attacking that fire, we had sections of the attic that started to collapse on us so we had to withdraw our personnel and go defensive for a little bit.”
The fire department says one firefighter was checked out on scene for heat exhaustion but didn’t have to go to the hospital.
Firefighters say shortly after they arrived, a water main broke, causing more damage and restriction to the area. The water company made repairs, but neighbors say they were told they’d be without water for hours.