Updated: 08/25/2014 8:50 AM
Created: 08/25/2014 7:32 AM WDIO.com
The Duluth Fire Department responded to three separate incidents involving lightning strikes during tonight's thunderstorms.
The first was reported at 8:42 p.m. at 6124 Greene Street in West Duluth. An investigation was determined that a possible lightning strike in the vicinity of the residence had knocked power out to the home.
A second incident at 1432 E. Superior Street was reported at 9:37 p.m. Lightning hit the chimney of a three story apartment building and commercial business, destroying the chimney and starting a fire in the adjacent roof.
The strike made a large hole in the roof during the height of the downpour, causing extensive water damage throughout the building.
The fire in the roof was quickly extinguished, but firefighters were on scene for some time minimizing water damage and checking for fire extension.
Initial damage estimate is set at $75,000.
At 9:55 p.m., a third fire was reported at 328 W. Owatonna Street in Woodland. Crews responded from downtown and found a fire in a second floor bedroom of a single family home.
Lightning had struck the chimney, blowing a large hole in the roof, and starting a fire. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze and spent considerable time overhauling in the adjacent attic space.
Damage from this incident is estimated at $40,000.
None of the incidents resulted in any injuries.
Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener
The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt.
Northlanders Give Back in Preparation for Holiday Season
Northlanders gave back on Saturday in preparation for the holiday season. It was Family Volunteer Day at the Duluth Library, and folks participated in several friendly projects.
"By Us, For Us" Meeting to Discuss Vision for Equity in Duluth
Duluth's Native and African heritage communities came together on Saturday to share experiences and ideas at the 1st United Methodist Church. The meeting called "By Us, For Us" invited people of color, African Americans and Native Americans to come together to break bread and learn about each other culturally.
MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000
Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.
Superior Police: Officer's Use of Force Justified
The Superior Police Department says an internal investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest seen on a controversial dashcam video. However, the officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for "vulgar and unprofessional" communication during the arrest.