Investigators: Lightning strike caused West Ashley house fire

Neighbors capture video of W. Ashley home fire
Published: Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM EDT
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(Photo: John Robbs)
(Photo: John Robbs)

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Fire Department say a lightning strike was to blame for a West Ashley house.

CFD Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Kunitzer said investigators determined the fire on Cabrill Drive Monday afternoon was from a lightning strike.

Pictures and videos from the scene showed significant damage to the home's roof.

According to the Charleston fire department, the first unit arrived on scene just before 6 p.m. Officials say it took about 20 minutes to control the fire.

St. Andrews and St. Johns fire departments also responded. Witnesses say lightning started the fire.

"I smelled something," says neighbor Vivian McCormack. "I figured it was a tree, and then the next thing I heard, all the fire trucks, and my neighbor called me and said there's a house on fire across the street.

Officials say two people were at home when the fire broke out.

No injuries were reported.

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