Lightning the cause of two island fires just hours apart

August 9, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

■ STAFF REPORT
Sporadic and intense lightning storms were named as the culprit in two fire incidents that occurred this week.
The first call came in on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8:26 p.m. as an outside fire. It turned out to be a tree on fire in the 200 block of Damficare Street.
The second call came in as a structure fire on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 11:10 a.m. at one of the Inn cottages on Lee Avenue.
As of press time it is believed that lightning hit the cottage last night and started a slow-burning fire that wasn’t noticed until the next morning.