Thunderstorms hammer county

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm created some work for the Elizabeth Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Dale Waugh said just before 6 p.m., firefighters were called to Rock Hill High School after the storm triggered fire alarms at the school. At 7:22 p.m., firefighters were called to a structure fire on County Road 10C. Waugh said an outbuilding was destroyed when lightning struck it.

“It was a total loss and then it damaged the vinyl siding on one end of the house,” Waugh said.

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While firefighters were on that call, they were notified of another lightning strike at a residence in Vesuvius Estates.

Waugh said lightning first struck a tree and then traveled through an underground electric dog fence into the residence.

The strike blew breakers and caused minor damage to the garage, Waugh said.

Earlier in the day but not related to the storm, firefighters were called to inspect electrical problems at a mobile home on County Road 103.

Waugh said between 1:15 and 8 p.m. that agency responded to four calls for assistance.

No one was injured in any of these incidents.