UNION — A lightning strike is believed to have started a fire that caused an estimated $5,000 worth of damage to a house on Mt. Vernon Road Monday afternoon.
Roger Bailey, Public Information Officer for the Southside Volunteer Fire Department, said that at 3:59 p.m. Monday, his department was dispatched to a structure fire at 324 Mt. Vernon Road, Union.
“When we arrived, the gas meter on the side of the house was blazing,” Bailey said. “We called the City of Union Gas Department because we couldn’t put the fire out without the gas being turned off. We also called the Santuc Volunteer Fire Department for assistance.”
Bailey said that city personnel switched off the gas to the house and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and leave the scene by 4:56 p.m. He said no one was injured by the fire.
While on the scene, Bailey said firefighters were able to determine the cause of the blaze.
“We talked to the neighbors next door, the occupants were not home,” Bailey said. “We determined that lightning hit the gas meter.”
Bailey said that firefighters estimated the value of the home at $250,000 and the damage caused by the blaze at $5,000 “so we figure we saved them (the owners) $245,000.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.