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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Lightning Strike Residence Causing a Fire in Monroe County Monday Morning

MONROE COUNTY - (April 11, 2022) – Monroe Fire Protection District responded to the 3000 block of Mt. Gilead Road around 11:00 a.m. today for a reported structure fire.

Lightning struck a residence this morning causing a fire at a residence in Monroe County

Firefighters arrived on scene and found smoke and fire coming from the attic on the left side of the home.

Firefighters conducted a transitional attack on the fire starting from the outside and then moving inside the home once additional firefighters arrived on scene to help.

The fire was located in the small attic space above the second-floor ceiling.

Firefighters had a little trouble getting to the fire as the ceiling was pitched and covered

with shiplap wood. Once firefighters were able to remove some of the shiplap, they were

able to extinguish the rest of the fire.

The cause of the fire was ruled a lightning strike from weather that occurred this



The lightning struck the chimney and metal roof then traveled down into the kitchen blowing out part of the stove and then grounded into the basement.

Due to the type of construction of the home firefighters checked all levels of the house for any possible hidden fire in the walls.


The homeowners were home at the time of the lightning strike and saw it and heard it

happen. A little while later one of them noticed smoke in the upstairs bedroom and they

called 911.

No injuries were reported. Monroe Fire Protection District was assisted on scene by IU Health Lifeline Ambulance and REMC.

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