Lightning blamed for fire that hit Raleigh apartment building
05/22/2013 10:45 AM
05/22/2013 10:46 AM
Firefighters said a lightning strike during a thunderstorm that hit Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon caused a fire that heavily damaged an apartment building at the Pines of Ashton on Calumet Drive, displacing 19 people.
The first fire department unit to arrive at the two-story brick building at 3216 Calumet Drive found flames coming from the roof, according to a report.
Lt. Grant Williams said about 75 percent of the 42-foot by 86-foot building was damaged by fire or smoke and water.
The National Weather Service reported only a trace of rain during the storm.
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