Over One Million Dollars In Damages From Geary County Lighning Strike

By Justin Surrency
WIBW – May 25, 2015

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A lightning strike along with heavy winds took a taxing toll on a Geary County apartment complex Saturday.

Geary County Emergency Services say lightning struck a Grandview Plaza apartment complex at 5:23 pm Saturday.

The 36 unit complex was quickly evacuated and at 8:30 pm crews located a fire on the east side roof. Fire fighters from both Junction City and Riley County battled the blaze, but 30 mile per hour winds caused the fire to spread.

The fire was declared under control around 11 pm.

A drone from Dickinson County Fire District 1 was used for aerial videoand determined the cause of the fire was due to the lightning strike. Damages are estimated to be over one million dollars. No injuries were reported.

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