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3 firefighters treated after battling flames caused by lightning

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Three firefighters had to be treated for heat related illnesses after battling a house fire caused by a lightning strike in Southport. (Source: Todd Coring, SFD) Three firefighters had to be treated for heat related illnesses after battling a house fire caused by a lightning strike in Southport. (Source: Todd Coring, SFD)
Coring said it took firefighters about 30-40 minutes to control the flames. (Source: Todd Coring, Southport Fire Dept.) Coring said it took firefighters about 30-40 minutes to control the flames. (Source: Todd Coring, Southport Fire Dept.)
SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) -

Three firefighters had to be treated for heat related illnesses after battling a house fire caused by a lightning strike in Southport.

According to Asst. Chief Todd Coring with the Southport Fire Department, the fire was called in just before 3 p.m. at 419 South Leonard Street.

On arrival, crews found heavy fire and smoke showing from the roof.

The house was unoccupied at the time. The Red Cross was called in to assist as the home owner arrived.

Coring said it took firefighters about 30-40 minutes to control the flames.

Two firefighters had to be treated at the scene for heat related issues and theFire Department Chief Charles Drew was taken to Dosher Hospital for heat related illnesses. Drew has since been released.

Firefighters dealt with extreme conditions due to heat and severe weather at the time. Southport Fire responded and was assisted by Sunny Point, Boiling Spring lakes, and St. James fire units.

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