Units from the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department rescued a total of 74 people from flooded streets and homes in Fayetteville Tuesday afternoon and also responded to a number of weather-related house fires, according to authorities.
Officials rescued families trapped inside vehicles, people stranded on top of their vehicle and handicapped trapped in their flooding homes. Two injuries were reported due to flooding and were taken to the hospital.
Emergency officials responded to at least three house fires believed to be caused by lightning.
The first call came in at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday. Crews responded to a fire at 425 Landsdowne Road in the Hermitage Community.
Fire units arriving on scene reported smoke showing from the roof of the home and that the fire was within an interior wall area before spreading up into the attic. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The home only received minor damage to the wall and attic.
A second lightning-related fire was reported at 7:58 p.m. at 5545 Deep Hollow Court in the Ascot Community. The caller reported that lightning had just struck their home and smoke was visible.
Officials believe the fire originated in the attic and had spread through the attic and vented through the roof. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire, but not before the home received moderate fire, heat and smoke damage. No injuries were reported.
Emergency crews also responded to the scene of another fire at 1112 Paddington Place in the Kings Mill Community at approximately 12:20 a.m. Wednesday. Initial indications show the fire appears to have originated in the attic area, according to officials. Heavy smoke and fire conditions from the attic were visible when crews arrived. The home received moderate damage to the attic and roof area. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic and involvement of 30 percent of the structure.
The home was not occupied at time of the fire and lightning is believed to be the cause.
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