July 14, 2019 / Lightning Strikes House/ AFD Response Details

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Sun., July 14, 2019 at 3:11 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a home located on Kingsmere Way SE being struck by lightning. This incident occurred while a fast moving and aggressive rainstorm passed through the City on Sunday afternoon.

At the time of the incident residents were in the basement of their two-storey home when they heard a loud crack of thunder and the lights in the home flickered and flashed.

Once fire crews arrived on scene they conducted a thorough interior and exterior inspection of the residence. When they accessed the roof they were able to determine that lighting had struck the shingles and left a hole approximately 6-inches large in the plywood beneath them.

To ensure that the lightning strike had not caused damage to the interior of the home firefighters gained entry into the attic area and used their thermal imaging camera to check for possible fire extension. No interior damage was found.

Prior to leaving the scene firefighters ensured that the hole was temporarily covered until required repairs could be completed. There were no injuries to report. Four pieces of apparatus and thirteen firefighters were on scene.

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