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Lightning to blame for two Wake County fires

Posted May 8, 2009

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— Lightning was to blame for two fires in Wake County overnight, investigators said Friday.

The first happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 6405 Sylvan Lane in Raleigh. The blaze was mostly contained in the house’s attic, and the homeowners were able to get out safely, authorities said.

Lightning to blame for two Wake County fires Two Wake County fires linked to lightning

The second fire happened around 12:45 a.m. Friday at Wendell Country Club, 180 Jake May Drive. Authorities said they believe lightning struck a barn that housed golf carts.

Sixty gas-powered carts were inside the structure.

Lightning was ruled out as the cause of a third fire.

A State Bureau of Investigation K-9 picked up the scent of a flammable liquid at an abandoned house on Thelma Street in Raleigh that caught fire early Friday. The Raleigh Fire Department ruled the fire a case of arson, but they had no leads on possible suspects.


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  • time4real May 8, 2009

    jaubut, nice name, got that one by GoLo, but you didn't make the news last night so, nexttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  • whatelseisnew May 8, 2009

    Oh no, what about Global Warming? Won't this contribute?

  • TeresaBee May 8, 2009

    Thanks for the answer firefighter. Wow jaubut! That is something!

  • jaubut May 8, 2009

    Our house (from a tree we think somehow!)got struck last night as well and live over near Leadmine Rd off Sawmill rd. It was pretty scary...few panels outside the house got ruined and it cracked/blew out some of our interior wall pretty bad :( good thing for home owners!!

  • bigbr0ther May 8, 2009

    We will flow water, but will not set up our ladder trucks or anything like that.

  • time4real May 8, 2009

    actually I think this is the forecasters faults!

  • TeresaBee May 8, 2009

    I heard about these fires on the police scanner. www.scanamerica.us
    I was also thinking at the time, if there is a fire and there is lighting do the firemen still spray the hoses or do they wait? Can the firemen get struck while working during a thunderstorm?