WILMINGTON — Crews responded to a fire in the Mission Hills neighborhood off Gordon Road on Sunday, as afternoon lightning storms struck the area.
The New Hanover County Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a residence in the neighborhood at 1:10 p.m. on March 26. The caller noted a strong smoke smell. Upon arrival, crews detected smoke inside the residence and located the fire under the home.
“The fire was extinguished quickly, containing the fire damage to that area,” a release from the department detailed.
In addition to the New Hanover County Fire Rescue, Wilmington Fire Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and Novant-New Hanover EMS were on the scene.
A nearby resident also reported a tree in his backyard had been struck by lightning. After assessing the damage, fire crews checked the home and no fire was found.
According to the National Weather Service, three lightning strikes were detected within a quarter mile of the region.
“Two strikes occurred in that area within one minute of each other, just before the call was dispatched,” a release noted.
No one was injured.
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