Lightning during Wednesday night storms caused fires or did structural damage at homes in Raleigh, Apex and Cary and Fuquay-Varina and one just outside Fuquay-Varina, fire officials said Thursday.
Fire attributed to the lightning did extensive damage to a house at 8205 Cranes View Place East in Raleigh and to one at 119 Draymore Way in Cary, just west of Davis Drive, firefighters said.
In Apex, Chief Keith McGee said a home on Ashley Downs Drive had significant damage to its chimney and some fire damage in the attic after lightning apparently struck the ground nearby and traveled to the house through steel tubing for a gas line that went up through the chimney structure.
Fuquay-Varina Fire Chief Anthony Mauldin said there was “no doubt” that lightning damaged a house at 5209 Tustin Court in his department’s district in Wake County. It struck the roof, blowing off a ridge vent and causing minor fire damage, he said.
A house at 901 Ribbon Leaf Lane in the town had damage to its electrical system after lightning hit the ground nearby, then traveled to the house and through some of the wiring, Mauldin said.
Cary firefighters said they were still completing their official report, but had no doubt that lightning was responsible for the Draymore Way fire. Flames were coming from the roof and one side of the home when they arrived, the department reported.
The fires were all reported between 8:17 p.m. for the one in Apex and 9:03 p.m. for the one in Raleigh.