Lightning suspected cause of Chrisney home fire

From Local Sources

CHRISNEY — Lightning is suspected of sparking a fire that damaged a Chrisney home Saturday night.

Units of the Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department were called to the David and Karen Dougan home at 220 S. Church St. at 10:59 p.m. CT, according to Fire Chief Kent Groves.

A lightning strike about an hour before split a tree at the location and tripped electrical breakers at multiple residences, according to Groves.

The Dougan’s smelled smoke in a bathroom area and called authorities.

Groves called for manpower assistance from neighboring departments after suspecting that past renovation work and false ceilings could complicate getting to what was an attic fire in the area of an add-on back room.

Agencies responding included the volunteer departments from Luce, Jackson and Ohio townships and the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department.

The home sustained fire and smoke damage but can be repaired, according to Groves. The occupants are temporarily staying with family.

Chrisney’s department responded with four trucks and 11 firefighters who were on the scene about three hours. They were assisted by multiple firefighters and at least one truck from each of the neighboring departments.

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