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Lightning strikes cause multiple fires

As strong storms made their way across southeastern North Carolina Tuesday, several homes were struck by lightning, some catching fire. (Source: Dennis) As strong storms made their way across southeastern North Carolina Tuesday, several homes were struck by lightning, some catching fire. (Source: Dennis)
1001 Turnberry Place (Source: Sandy Hutchens) 1001 Turnberry Place (Source: Sandy Hutchens)
This house on Palmer Way in Wilmington took a direct hit from a lightning strike (Source: WECT) This house on Palmer Way in Wilmington took a direct hit from a lightning strike (Source: WECT)
SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) -

As strong storms made their way across southeastern North Carolina Tuesday, several homes were struck by lightning, some catching fire.

A house was hit by lightning at 1001 Turnberry Place in the Landfall Community, according to David Hines with the Wilmington Police Department. Emergency crews responded to that home around 6 p.m.

Hines said lightning struck the chimney which sparked a fire in the attic. The family was home at the time of the strike, but was able to get out without getting hurt.

A second home took a direct strike from a lightning bolt on Palmer Way in Wilmington. The house was a total loss according to Chief Mac Smith with New Hanover County Fire Rescue. 

New Hanover County Dispatch confirmed a house was also hit by lightning strike at 299 Hogan Court located in The Cape neighborhood. Estimated damages are not known at this time, but do include both fire and water damage.

Smith said fires started by lightning are impossible to prevent. 

"Just be safe stay inside during the storm," Smith said. "If you feel your house has been struck by lightning then please activate the 911 system. Let one of the crews come out and check it out."

A fourth house was struck by lightning at 6201 Amble Side Drive. No fire was reported at this location, but the strike reportedly left a hole in the side of the house.

A fifth house caught fire in Southport after also being struck by lightning. It was heavily damaged by flames and three firefighters had to be treated for heat related illnesses.

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