FF Injured When Lightning Causes Three Home Fires in One Hour
The Orlando Sentinal via YellowBrix
August 23, 2010
ORANGE COUNTY, FL – Central Flordians can expect another round of lightning and thunderstorms Monday after bolts of lightning Sunday evening caused three house fires in Orange County in one hour,
The Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the three fires at homes near to each other during a major thunderstorm from about 5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Nobody was seriously injured.
It is strange to have lightning strikes hit in a similar location in such a short period of time, said Scott Kelly, meteorologist fo the National Weather Service.
“It is unusual that three different homes were struck by lightning in the same storm,” Kelly said.
But the amount of lightning — southwestern Orange County had 188 lightning strikes between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday — was minimal compared to a major storm that can produce 1,000 strikes in an hour, Kelly said.
Central Florida could face a similar scene of lightning and stormy weather throughout today. Coastal areas in Brevard and Volusia counties have the greatest chance for storms, Kelly said.
“The primary threats for storms [Monday] will again be lightning strikes,” he said. “We have high moisture and high humidity.”
As for the three homes set on fire, the first blaze occurred at 5:44 p.m. as flames went through the roof of a home at 7017 Nobleton Drive in west Orange County near Windermere. A firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated for minor injuries and transported to a local hospital.
Minutes later, a fire damaged a house at 6121 S. Hampshire Court in the Keenes Point subdivision near Windermere. Firefighters contained the flames and protected neighboring homes, Fire Rescue officials said.
At 6:40 p.m., a nearby home at 12843 Cragside Lane caught fire after being hit by lightning. Flames were shooting from the roof before firefighters contained the blaze.