Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lightning causes two fires in KCK


The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department said two fires were caused Sunday morning by an early storm system that brought heavy thunderstorms to the metro area.

Two fires were confirmed to happen due to lightning strikes, according to KCKFD battalion chief and spokesperson Craig Duke.

The largest fire of the two was at the Woodland Hills Apartments at 1033 Forrest Court.

KCK firefighters reported to the scene of the fire shortly after 11:15 a.m. No one was hurt, but the fire caused $30,000 worth of damage.

"All occupants were evacuating building upon arrival," Duke said. "Crews located heavy smoke in the attic area. Crews had fire under control within 20 minutes. Two apartments were affected by fire damage."

Meanwhile, the earliest fire of the two happened at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The fire happened at 93 S. 15th Street. No one was injured and this fire caused around $3,000.

According to Duke, the KCK Fire Department received eight calls Sunday morning regarding possible lightning strikes.

No one was injured.