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Lightning strikes roof, damages home

by David Fleet

August 03, 2011

A residence in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home community was hit by lightning on July 29. Firefighters opened the roof to extinguish the blaze. Photo by David Fleet.
At about 3 a.m., July 29, Brandon fire fighters responded to Wildwood Loop at Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home community after a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the back of the house, said Captain Jerry Wivo.

"Two residents who were home at the time reported hearing a loud bang," said Wivo. "We are pretty sure lightning hit the roof, maybe the satellite dish which was now on the ground. The insulation was burning."

Wivo said a heavy lightning storm was in the area at the time of the call and the homeowners reported smelling smoke soon after the loud bang. .

The fire caused significant ceiling damage in addition to melting a section of roof. There were no injuries reported.

Oxford Township Fire Department was called in for backup due to the high heat. The fire remains under investigation.