• Lightning blamed for sparking south Charlotte house fire


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A lightning strike is believed to have destroyed a home in south Charlotte Wednesday evening.

    Fire officials said the home on Southby Court is a total loss after the fire broke out around 6:30 p.m.

    Officials told Channel 9 that there were multiple reports of lightning strikes across the city before those flames started.

    “We found heavy smoke and flames coming from the attic,” said CFD Battalion Chief Barbara Beam. “We have been chasing lightning strikes all afternoon.”

    Beam called the area "lightning alley" because of the high amount of strikes there and said it's important to use common sense and not overload electrical circuits or plug too many things into the same outlet.

    Nobody was hurt in the fire.

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