Firefighting, Truck Company

Struck by Lightning

Issue 8 and Volume 163.

By Michael N. Ciampo On a stretch of hot and humid days, a violent afternoon thunder and lightning storm rolled through our response area. During these storms, automatic fire alarms are set off by power surges, loss of power, and even lightning strikes. It is not uncommon to run numerous calls for trees and limbs down, wires arcing or down, and flooding. However, the runs that spark our interest are those reporting a “structure hit by lightning.” The calls can range from simply investigating the structure to find a ground wire blown off the cold water pipe for the electrical or telephone service to checking massive structural damage with no fire. These runs often occur when no one is present, which can result in the fire going undetected. Be prepared for runs a few hours after a storm passes and for a fire that may already be in the advanced…

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