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Lightning ignites Cary house fires

Posted February 28, 2011

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— As storm clouds rolled over the Triangle Monday evening, firefighters in Cary were chasing lightning strikes. 

Homeowner Peggy Lorello heard a "very loud boom" in her house on Cedar Creek Drive during the storm. She said lightning hit her chimney, blasting the top off of it and damaging a closet upstairs.

"I saw the bricks coming down," Lorello said. "My closet is all blown up."

Chimney bricks littered her lawn.

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Meanwhile, on Beasley Court, a lightning strike ignited another house fire. The family made it out safely, a neighbor said.

"There was a fire in the chimney," said neighbor Prem Manhas.

Firefighters said there was some electrical damage from the fire.

Another fire struck a room above the garage at a home on Vermel Court around the same time. Fire crews could not pinpoint the cause, but said severe weather is a possibility.

"It was always a potential. We were having heavy storms in Cary at the time the call came in," said David Ranes, battalion chief of the Cary Fire Department. "We were having multiple house fires reported at the same time, so that is very possible."

No one was injured.

"I feel very lucky," Lorello said. 

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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 1, 2011

    THIS JUST IN:

    They are officially adding GAIL FORCE WIND DAMAGE TO ALL YOU OWN to the 7 day forecast starting tomorrow, forever!

  • bigredtruckman Mar 1, 2011

    Obviously "froggytroat" is not familiar with the lyrics to the state song of North Carolina. It's called "The Old North State". The first lines?
    "Carolina! Carolina! Heaven's blessings attend her!
    While we live we will cherish, protect and defend her;"

    Now, back to the topic at hand, I am glad that these people didn't lose their homes to these fires.

  • southernincary Mar 1, 2011

    It was a sad and scary night for these homeowners. Weather is interesting but watching your neighbors in the nightclothes stand in their yard soaking wet from rain while the fire department attempts to save their home is no laughing matter. Prayers for those who are putting the pieces back together this morning!

  • westoflyra Mar 1, 2011

    I am a severe weather fanatic with regards to thunderstorms. This is another reason I miss living in NC. I remember Greg Fischel using a traffic cam over Crossroads a couple of years ago when a funnel cloud had been spotted. Those watching were waiting to see if an actual tornado would touch down in that area.

  • Dark of the Moon Mar 1, 2011

    "Carolina in My Mind" is a song written and performed by singer-songwriter James Taylor.

    I love the summer in BOTH Carolinas.

    Charlton Dude

  • rebecca7 Mar 1, 2011

    froggytroat, really? What difference does that make. I'm sure you could gather the intended sentiment the poster was making. We do live in N. Carolina... and there is a S. Carolina... so, does it make any difference to reference these 2 very closely related areas (in geography and weather) as "Carolina?"

  • tobywilliamson58 Mar 1, 2011

    Boy, I'm glad Gardner was right about "slim chance of severe weather" yesterday, considering all those homes were struck by lightning. Hate to see a good chance of severe weather!!

  • froggytroat Mar 1, 2011

    >>I love the Carolina summers.

    You do realize there is no state called Carolina, right?

  • same ole story Mar 1, 2011

    "It was always a potential. We were having heavy storms in Cary at the time the call came in," said David Ranes, battalion chief of the Cary Fire Department. "We were having multiple house fires reported at the same time, so that is very possible."

    Of course it is possible. With all those homes built right on top of each other there is no place for the lightning to land but on someones house. A bigger story is if it actually made it to the ground!!!!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 1, 2011

    Hey, and we actually got a little rain! Now back to the epic drought and 200mph winds. Just another typical day in the ole viewing area.

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