Lightning the cause of two island fires just hours apart

Lightning the cause of two island fires just hours apart

■ 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.