Lightning sparks fire on north side of Columbus

IMG_8822 croppedColumbus firefighters were called to a chaotic scene this morning on the north side of the city when lightning hit a tree and ruptured a natural gas line, causing a fire at about 7:18 a.m.

Capt. Mike Wilson, with the fire department, explains that the fire hit a tree throwing debris into the street, passed under the road and then hit a gas line igniting a tree on the other side.

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Wilson said that firefighters asked nearby residents to leave their homes so they could be check for gas fumes. Vectren arrived to cap the gas line and to begin repairs.