Homes damaged by lightning fires
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department fought three structure fires that broke out nearly simultaneously miles apart from each other Monday. Officials believe all three fires were sparked by lightning from the late-afternoon storm.
JFRD Chief Martin Senterfitt told Action News, "We had a very severe cell come through here. Lightning was just incredible. So that leads to be the most likely cause of all these."
JFRD responded to a house fire in the Southside's Glen Kernan neighborhood, a small apartment fire near the intersection of Hodges and Beach boulevards and a house fire in the Bartram Springs area near the St. Johns County line.
The fire department even had to pull some units from as far as 15 miles away.
"We had resources from the Westside going to the Bartram Springs area. We had resources from downtown coming all the way out to Hodges Boulevard. So it spread us thin for about 30 minutes, but we were able to recover and transfer units into the right places," said Senterfitt.
No injuries were reports at any of the three locations.
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