Sunday, January 24, 2021

Neighbors in shock after lightning sparks Raleigh apartment fire

One person was injured and a total of five were displaced early Friday after lightning sparked a fire at an apartment complex on Courtney Lane in north Raleigh.

— Crews were assessing damage and cleaning up Friday after a lightning-sparked fire did heavy damage to an apartment complex in north Raleigh.

Authorities were called to the 4700 block of Courtney Lane shortly after midnight, and when they arrived, four units in the two-story complex were engulfed in flames. It took about 70 firefighters to extinguish the flames, according to an incident report released by the Raleigh Fire Department.

“(The fire) appears to be from a lightning strike,” Raleigh Assistant Fire Chief Kendall HoCutt said. “When the first units arrived on scene, most of the roof structure was already involved.”

One woman was taken to a hospital after the fire because of a burn on her foot. She was released late Friday morning. No other injuries were reported.

Red Cross officials were assisting the five people displaced by the blaze.

Tom Gildea, who lives in the neighborhood, said the lightning strike that caused the fire woke him up.

“All of a sudden, (there was) this white flash of light. It was an amazing light, and all of a sudden, there was a bam sound,” he said. “I can’t explain how loud that sound was.”

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