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Lightning Strike Starts Deck Fire In Columbus
Updated April 25, 2016 9:28 AM | Filed under: Fire
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(COLUMBUS) - Columbus firefighters say that a lightning strike started the fire on Bayside Court at about 8 p.m., says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department.

The strike hit between two homes, causing circuit breakers to flip in a neighboring home. Those owners were checking the outside of the home for damage when they noticed the fire on the neighbors' deck, coming close to a gas grill.

Wilson says firefighters use a hose to quickly extinguish the deck fire. They also noticed that a clothes dryer vent had melted and smoke had gotten into the house through the vent, but it caused little damage except to a load of laundry in the dryer.

Columbus Fire Department Inspector Matt Noblitt estimated damages at $3,000.

No one was injured in the fire.

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