Lightning strike triggers gas fire in Knoxville
A thunderstorm triggered a fire in Knoxville Tuesday morning when a lightning bolt hit a natural gas line.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A thunderstorm triggered a fire in Knoxville Tuesday morning when a lightning bolt hit a natural gas line.
Firefighters at a nearby fire station heard the thunder from the strike just before 9:30 a.m., and a 911 call came in reporting the fire, according to Deputy Chief Mark Wilbanks with Knoxville Fire. Photos from the Knoxville Fire Department showed flames shooting about 10-12 feet high outside the home on Iskagna Drive.
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Firefighters doused the flames a short time later.
Wilbanks said no one was injured and there was no damage aside from the gas line and adjacent tree. But they dodged a bullet as an elementary school was just a block away.