Light­ning strike leads to Bryant house fire

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

Bryant fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a house fire caused by a strong thun­der­storm Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to Chief J.P. Jor­dan, the fire started when light­ning struck the home on Rem­ing­ton Drive.

One per­son was at the res­i­dence at the time the fire started, but was able to get out of the house safely, Jor­dan said.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, there was “heavy fire com­ing from the roof be­ing driven by the wind of the storm,” he ex­plained.

This in­ci­dent was not the only re­port of a home be­ing struck by light­ning Wed­nes­day after the storm dropped heavy rain, which also re­sulted in flash flood­ing through­out Cen­tral Arkansas.

“Min­utes be­fore that, we were also dis­patched to two other homes hit by light­ning, but ended up not be­ing on fire,” Jor­dan said.

As­sist­ing Bryant were fire­fight­ers from Ben­ton, Col­legeville and Salem fire de­part­ments.

Along with as­sist­ing with the house fire, Col­legeville fire­fight­ers also re­sponded to a wa­ter res­cue on Hill­dale Road.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Flames bil­low out from the roof of a Bryant res­i­dence Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a light­ning strike, ac­cord­ing to Bryant Fire Chief J.P. Jor­dan. Heavy rain­fall also caused flash flood­ing through­out Cen­tral Arkansas.

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