Lightning struck the multi-story brick home of Danny and Fredia Fisher on 1106 Hightower Road on Friday afternoon. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 5 pm and continued the fight to save as much as possible until 11 p.m.
“We rarely have a fire of that magnitude. It was a well constructed home with an attic fire,” said Keith Scruggs.
A thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning moved through the area and neighbors reported seeing lightning “dance” on the housetop.
The Lafayette Fire Department was assisted by the Westmoreland Fire Department, meanwhile Red Boiling Springs Fire department came to aid of Lafayette, manning the station while firefighters vigorously fought to curtail fire damage.
Three firefighters were transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation and chest pains, later released, according to Chief Scruggs. Scruggs talked about the difficulty of fighting an attic fire and how it can put firemen in real danger. The Lafayette Fire Department does not have a ladder truck, but instead relies on portable ladders to be moved from location to location.
“The crews never run out of water and the fire fighters and family were supported by many in the community including the ambulance service, Macon County Sheriffs Department, neighbors, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which Trooper Danny Fisher is a part of. “The support was tremendous,” said Scruggs.
Prior to the firefighters arriving, neighbors reported on the scene attempting to salvage items and continued to help out by delivering drinking water, assisting firemen with removing their heavy fire gear and helping in any way possible.