Lightning strikes chimney, sparks fire in Wilmington home

Wilmington house catches fire after lightning strike

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington fire crews responded to a fire Saturday afternoon on Masonboro Sound Road.

Assistant Chief Thomas Robinson with the Wilmington Fire Department confirms the home’s chimney was struck by lightning, resulting in a fire in the wall and under the floor. Firefighters fought fire on multiple levels of the house and had to tear into floors and walls to fully extinguish the flames.

Units arrived just two minutes after the 911 call was received.

New Hanover County crews were called to assist and EMS was called to the scene as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported.

Wilmington fire wasnt the only department to respond to lightning-related calls Saturday. Southport fire reportedly responded to a call about a boat being struck by lightning and also assisted St James Fire Department with a house fire.

Southport Fire is at Southport Marina with a boat that has been struck by lightning. We are also assisting St James Fire...

Posted by Southport Fire Department on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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