Lightning likely cause of house fire

By Carol Lacer
Chapman News Times – July 6, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – July 11, 2017

A nighttime thunderstorm with lightning is likely the cause of a house fire at 114 East Second Street in the early morning hours of Friday, June 30.

City administrator John Dudte reported that at 3:41 a.m., the Chapman Fire Department and Dickinson County EMS were dispatched to the report of a house fire at 114 E. Second in Chapman. The Chapman Police Department requested mutual aid, and Dickinson County Rural Fire Department #1 responded.

“Fire was noted on the second floor and roof, and was suppressed with interior and exterior attacks,” Dudte said.

The home was unoccupied at the time.

The home appears to have suffered heavy fire damage to the second floor, attic, and roof. The house also suffered heavy fire, smoke, and water damage to the first floor.

The Chapman Police Department determined it is likely a lightning strike that caused the fire, according to Dudte.

“A close lightning strike was noted by the police department shortly before a passing motorist reported smoke visible at the residence,” Dudte said.

At least one neighbor also reported electrical damage to their cable TV system.

There were no injuries to responders or civilians.

Chapman city utility and Kansas Gas Service personnel were also on the scene.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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