Columbus 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.
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.