Macon County Chronicle

Good Friday Lightning Fire

A thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning moved through the area on Good Friday and other strikes were also reported.

“Black smoke was billowing into the air and upon arrival we found a 30x75 building and a 30x60 attached shed on fire, due to a lightning strike,” said Chief Keith Scruggs. “We were fortunate to make a quick knock down and save a considerable amount of equipment, including a back hoe, tractor, bush hog, and two trailers.”

According to Chief Scruggs the building sustained moderate to severe damage. “The damage was estimated at $80,000 but we saved another $100,000.”

There were 12 firemen at the scene and they utilized two engines and one tanker. The property belongs to Larry Dale Driver.

“We have had several grass fires recently, and we would like to remind everybody that you have to get a permit to burn,” said the chief.

Gibson’s Cafe sustained damage on Good Friday when a lightning strike knocked out their computer, TV, and cash register. Inspirations also had similar damage.

Those responding to the fire scene were the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.