abc
QUICK LINKS:

Lightning Strikes Spark Fires, Cause Damage in Duluth

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.

Front Page

  • One Killed, One Injured in Early Morning Ashland Co. Fire

    Fire officials say one person was killed and one was injured in a house fire in Odanah, Wisconsin, early Wednesday morning. Ashland Fire Department officials say the home was believed to be a total loss.

  • Downtown Duluth Power Restored after Brief Outage

    Power has been restored to at least parts of Duluth after outages affected downtown and Lincoln Park late this morning, leaving some major downtown office buildings in the dark and briefly interrupting programming on six local radio stations.

  • FILE - U.S. Steel has announced plans to partially idle Minntac in Mountain Iron effective June 1. US Steel to Partially Idle Minntac, Potentially Affecting 700

    Three weeks after announcing plans to temporarily idle Keewatin Taconite, U.S. Steel has announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron.  The company did not announce exactly how many employees will be affected, but union officials told Eyewitness News they expected about 700 workers to be impacted.

  • As Steelworkers Brace for Hundreds of Layoffs, Politicians Call for Change

    The past month has been tough for miners on the Iron Range. They got more bad news on Tuesday that U.S. Steel announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron. 

  • A federal judge has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to restore an agreement that had given the city millions of dollars in revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino annually. Duluth Loses Bid to Restore Casino Agreement

    A federal court has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to reinstate an agreement that had provided the city with millions of dollars annually from the Fond-du-Luth Casino.  In an opinion Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld a notice of violation issued in 2011, saying the National Indian Gaming Commission was within its rights to issue the violation.

 

Fire Weather Watch

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; Crow Wing; North Cass; North Itasca; North St. Louis; Northern Aitkin; Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass; South Itasca; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/2/2015 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement