Fire strikes twice at duplex hit by lightning

No injuries were reported and all pets were found safe.

Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.

Lightning struck once, but fire hit twice at a northwest Gainesville duplex Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning, firefighters reported.

An attic fire started at a home at 1675 N.W. 19th Drive on Tuesday evening after lightning struck the residence in Cumberland Circle, according to area fire rescue spokeswoman Carol Davis.

Hours later, after the blaze had been extinguished, another fire was reported at the adjacent home at 1673 N.W. 19th Drive.

The homeowner at the adjacent home noticed malfunctioning electrical issues after firefighters had left the first time, but an electrician who was contacted about the problem couldn't come out immediately.

No injuries were reported in either blaze.

And all pets at the second home were found safe, Davis said.

Lightning caused the attic fire at the first home at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Davis.

Firefighters arrived and put out the flames, reporting little damage to the home.

The building was inspected, with firefighters looking through the attic and using thermal imaging to make sure all the fire was out.

The resident at the other home also noticed light smoke inside her home.

Firefighters also checked it with a thermal imager.

But at about 1:50 a.m., firefighters were called back to the adjacent home, where flames were coming from the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 40 minutes with most of the damage confined to the roof. The American Red Cross was contacted to the assist the resident, who will be staying with relatives, according to Davis.

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