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Lightning Sparks Fire At Townhomes, Displacing 12

Posted April 3, 2006 5:01 a.m. EDT
Updated December 25, 2011 9:17 a.m. EST

— Three units at a Raleigh townhouse complex were destroyed and four others sustained smoke damage in a fire caused by a lightning strike.

Authorities said the fire occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Greencastle Townhomes complex near Green Road. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about a hour.

According to authorities, no one was at home at the time of the fire. They said that a lightning bolt that hit the roof of the complex sparked the fire.

At least 12 people were left without a place to live.

Officials also said there were power outages in the New Hope Church/Green Roads area due to a lightning strike at a nearby power facility.