Weekend Fires Cause Damage to Properties

WILMINGTON -- Severe storms ripped through the area on Saturday causing fires that forced several people from their homes.

Residents of the Keys Apartments spent Sunday afternoon picking up after what Saturday's fire destroyed.

Erin Griffin was one of those residents. She was woken up when the lighting hit the roof over her living room.

"I was asleep and when the lightning hit I didn't even hear anything, I just felt it. It was weird. The TV was out," Keys Apartment resident Erin Griffin explained.

She then heard a bang on the door, it was her neighbor yelling that there was a fire.

"I just didn't know what was going on, and they said it's a fire on the roof, and I thought it was just a small fire. I never knew that this would happen," Griffin added.

The fire was caused by a bolt of lightning that struck the top of the roof and sparked the fire.

The Keys Apartments have been deemed uninhabitable. All residents must move out while the complex is repaired.

"It's a wreck in here and everyone is moving stuff out and we just don't know what to do. It's hard, and really emotional," said Keys Apartments resident Keely Spell.

Reported by Bernadette Jay

Lightning was also to blame for another fire that destroyed a house on Masonboro Loop Road in Wilmington.

Saturday afternoon's storms caused a bolt of lightning to spark the fire.

Firefighters worked late into the evening trying to extinguish the intense blaze.

No one was home at the time but the family says the home is a total loss.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara