Lightning strikes farmhouse TV antenna

From Local Sources

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to three Wednesday callouts, beginning with an afternoon report of smoke in a residence.

That first call, at 5:28 p.m., sent the department to the Michael and Donna Haase residence at 3620 W. 400N.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said firefighters determined there had been a lightning strike involving the Haase TV antenna. There was some smoke in the home’s basement but the damage appeared limited to a television.

Four trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene for an hour.

The Jasper Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Then, at 8:19 p.m., the department answered an alarm activation at Jasper Seating Co., 305 E. 12th Ave.

Hochgesang said the problem was traced to a faulty flow switch on the building sprinkler system.

Five trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

Finally, at 9:05 p.m., firefighters went to the Hampton Inn, 355 Third Ave., after employees smelled smoke in an elevator.

Hochgesang said the problem was attributed to an overheating issue that a technician was called in to address.

Six trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 25 minutes.

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