Wake County

Lightning blamed for fire that hit Raleigh apartment building

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.