lightning damage News

Florida Apartment Fire Caused by Lightning Strike Displaces 38 People

A lightning strike set a Florida apartment building on fire, forcing 38 people to evacuate. Fire officials said the fire started Friday in Tampa and left 24 apartment units without electricity. Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue said no one was …

7 Florida Homes Struck by Lightning During Severe Thunderstorm

Lightning struck seven homes in Florida, causing extensive damage to at least two of them during a severe thunderstorm. Niceville Fire Chief Tommy Mayville tells the News Herald firefighters were kept busy Thursday night as call after call for help …

Lightning Wrecks Vermont Water Station, Causes Thousands in Damages

A Vermont water pump station struck by lightning earlier this month faces up to $15,000 in repair costs. Arlington Select Board Chairman Keith Squires says the lightning fried and destroyed everything in the pump house, though electricians were able to …

Isn’t It Ironic: Lightning Destroys Lightning RV Supply Warehouse in Florida

The owner of Lightning RV Supply company says he can’t believe the irony after his southwest Florida warehouse was destroyed by lightning. Brad Green says his employees heard three earth-shaking booms during a storm on the night of July 11. …

Lightning Blamed for Ohio Gas Station Fuel Tank Explosion

Investigators say lightning has sparked a fuel tank explosion that left a crater 40 feet wide at an Ohio gas station. The blast and fire in the evening on Aug. 3 prompted a temporary evacuation near the Gas Depot in …

Texas Tops in Lightning Damage Claim Amounts

Lightning damage is the most striking in Texas, at least for the insurance industry. The average claim in the state was $10,671 last year, the Insurance Information Institute said in a statement. That’s the highest figure among the 10 states …