Overnight Lightning Leads To Nearly A Dozen Fires

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Overnight storms left behind damage throughout the Tennessee Valley after nearly a dozen homes are struck by lightning.

The first report came in around 11 p.m. Sunday, when Huntsville firefighters responded to a house fire on Westwood Street.  Lightning struck the garage, separating the electrical main from the building.  The homeowner is searching for a place to stay until inspectors are able to fix the separated main.

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While firefighters were working on the fire on Westwood Street, a call came in for another house struck by lightning.  This call came from one street over on Cavett Drive.  Firefighters were able to make quick work of that fire, which destroyed the homeowner's garage.

Volunteer firefighters in Madison County also kept busy with overnight fires.  A house in the Riverwalk subdivision was struck by lightning around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.  Moores Mill, New Market and Central Volunteer Firefighters responded to 198 Riverwalk Trail.  They were able to get the fire under control within minutes.  The homeowner's family will have to find somewhere to stay until inspectors clear the electrical damage throughout the home.

Over a two-hour stretch from 11 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, crews responded to just under one dozen house fires caused by lightning strikes.  Fortunately, crews limited the damage in most of the homes to minor damage to the attics and garages of those houses.

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