Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

House fire was weather-related


Although Tuesday morning's rain was a blessing to most, the lightning that accompanied it was not.

According to Minden Fire Department Battalion Chief Tommy John Hughes, lightning struck a residence located at 619 Constable Street, kicking off a fire around 4:30 a.m.

"Lightning struck the rear of the house in the washroom area," Hughes said. "There was extensive damage. Then it spread into the attic area, and there was moderate damage there."

Hughes said all Minden Fire Department stations responded to the call, and it took approximately 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

"We had it tamped out in about an hour," he said. "We were there about an hour and 45 minutes getting all the hot spots knocked down."

Fortunately the rain, thunder and lightning had stopped while firefighters worked on the house, which Hughes said is rental property.

"It started raining again while we were there, but the worst of the storm had passed," Hughes said.

"The guys (firefighters) inside made a good stop on it because the damage was confined to the washroom, attic and kitchen," Hughes said.






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