Lightning strikes keep firefighters busy

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - Lightening kept firefighters busy on Sunday night after at least 3 strikes triggered fire alarms.

Jennings Capt. Steve Sexton says lighting sparked an alarm in one building and a fire in the attic of a vacant home.

The home was on Switzer near the St. Louis City border.  Firefighters from both department responded.

“Lightening apparently hit an antenna at the top of the house, followed it down and caught the attic on fire,” said Sexton.  “We arrived there was heavy smoke.”

Firefighters doused the attic with water until the fire was out.

St. Louis City firefighters responded to a warehouse roof on at the Factory Tire Outlet on N. Broadway near Grand Avenue at approximately 8:30pm.

No tires caught fire.  Capt. Dan Sutter said it doesn’t take much to start a fire when lightening is involved.

“Lightening has a tremendous amount of energy,” explained Sutter.  “It can release a lot of energy and cause a fire.”

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