Lightning the cause of two island fires just hours apart

August 9, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

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.