Lightning strike threatens two homes

Lightning ignited three trees but was put out before causing significant damage to two nearby homes

VISALIA – Trees in remote areas of wilderness aren’t the only things being ignited by lightning.

On June 18, many valley residents were snapped out of sleep in the middle of the night by booming thunder and blinding lightning flashes. At about 1 a.m., one of those lightning flashes struck a tree in the 2500 block of W. Victor. The fire quickly spread to three trees and was threatening a home nearby when Visalia Fire Department crews arrived.

Additional units were sent to an address in the 2500 block of Dorothea to protect a second home near the trees. A total of 10 firefighters and a battalion chief with two engines and a ladder truck fought the fire and held the flames to the three trees. The two homes only suffered moderate damage, estimated at about $1,500 at each home. Both homes were estimated to be worth about $300,000.

Initial indications point to the lighting storm as the cause pending further review.

Visalia Fire Log

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
At 3:16 p.m., a first alarm fire was reported residential structure in the 1300 block of S. Court Street. The initial fire crew found a small fire located in the water heater room inside the residence. The utilities were secured and the attic areas were checked for fire extension and none was found. There was approximately $5,000 in damage to the structure and approximately $1,000 to the water heater. The value of the property and its contents were valued at approximately $276,000.

Twenty firefighters were dispatched to the fire with five engines and a ladder truck, but about half were called off when the fire was contained. There were no injuries sustained to civilians or fire personnel at this fire.

Monday, June 14
At 5:44 p.m. a first alarm fire was reported at a duplex in the 300 block of E. Rose Avenue. Fire crews arrived to find light smoke showing from the front of a single-story structure. Firefighters made entry and quickly contained the fire with a water extinguisher and then went back to completely extinguish the fire. In all, 15 firefighters on three engines and a ladder truck battled the blaze limiting it to just $5,000 in damage to the structure and approximately $1,000 to its contents. There were no injuries sustained to civilians or fire personnel at this fire.

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