Fire causes damage after lightning strike in Columbia
COLUMBIA — A tree caught on fire after being struck by lightning early Thursday morning.
The Columbia Fire Department and University Hospital Ambulance Service were dispatched at 5:47 a.m. to 4300 Royal Aberdeen Street. Multiple people called 911 to report the flames.
Units arrived on scene and found a tree that had been on fire next to a house.
Firefighters said they noticed a slight gas odor and smoke odor inside the house. They also said they were able to determine the chimney was hot. Firefighters pulled out the mantle and some bricks from the chimney to look for possible flames.
Officials said the damage was estimated to be $10,000. Crews said they were on the scene for two hours.
Three engines, a ladder, and a rescue squad responded to the incident.
The Columbia Fire Department said it recommends people test their fire alarms at least one per month.