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Wilson Office Fire Blamed On Lightning Strike Week Earlier

Posted July 29, 2003 1:06 a.m. EDT

— A lightning strike a week earlier is to blame for a fire that damaged a Wilson office building July 16.

Wilson fire investigators said the lightning strike caused a surge that apparently weakened an electrical line that ran in a space between the first and second floor of the building at Nash Street and Airport Boulevard. The fire started on the second floor.

Employees called the fire department when they heard popping sounds in the walls.

Investigators believe the current that ran through the electrical line built up some sort of problem, finally igniting the fire.

Structural damage and content loss are estimated at $405,000.