UPDATE: Lightning causes house fires in Hamilton County
HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - Heavy storms and lightning are responsible for damage to several homes in Hamilton County.
The Hamilton County EMS tells Eyewitness News a house on Cody Dan Court, in the Ooltewah area, was struck by lightning around 3:45 p.m. A neighbor reported the strike.
By the time Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the eaves of the roof. The fire was quickly extinguished by the firefighters, but say $125,000 in damage was done to the attic of the home. No one was in the home at the time of the fire.
The Cody Dan Court fire was just one of the lightning strike house fires in the Chattanooga area.
Lightning struck a house at 4102 Wilson Avenue in the Walden's Ridge area. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to that fire. An estimate of the damage was not immediately available.
Signal Mountain Fire Department responded to another lightning strike at 4460 Shackleford Ridge Road where a small fire was quickly extinguished.
Dallas Bay VFD also responded to a lightning strike at 6337 Old Dayton Pike in the Hixson area. Firefighters responding to the scene found a tree down in front of the residence and smoke coming from the garage. DBVFD says lightning struck the tree, which hit nearby power lines, pushing the lines into the home. Damage on that fire is estimated at $4,000.
Hamilton County EMS spokesperson Amy Maxwell says no one was injured in any of the fires.
In a North Chattanooga neighborhood, in the Spring Valley neighborhood, a tree fell into home causing damage to the roof of the home.
Several area agencies, including the Hamilton Sheriff's Department, reported downed tree limbs, but no road closures.
According to EPB, at the peak of the outages, there were approximately 4,000 customers without power across their service area. As of 6:30 p.m., that number had been reduced to 1,800 customers.
The areas most impacted by the power outages were Hixson, Signal Mountain and the Harrison/Highway 58 area.
Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson, Bruce Garner reports multiple fire alarms in the city, mostly caused by power failures, not actual fires.
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