A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a Garrard County home Tuesday afternoon.
The fire at the intersection of Fisher Ford Road and Old Davistown School Road above Herrington Lake was reported at 12:30 p.m. as heavy electrical storms were rolling through the area. Camp Dick Fire Chief Tevis Graham said a neighbor told him the home was struck by lightning.
“A guy two houses down the street said he heard a loud pop and went outside about five minutes later and smoke was rolling out the roof,” Graham said.
The home was owned by Tim Watkins and was rented to Monica Cody, who had lived there about a year. Cody said she and her boyfriend had left about 10:30 a.m. to go to Danville. They were alerted to the fire via text message and arrived on the scene after it had done its damage, Cody said, adding her 9-year-old daughter was in school when the blaze occurred.
Flames were rising through the roof at the rear of the house when the first firefighters arrived on scene.
“Once we got our manpower here, we were able to knock it down pretty good, but it was pretty much too late by then,” Graham said. “It’s a total loss.”
Along with Camp Dick, firefighters from the Lancaster, Garrard District 1 and Buckeye departments helped battle the blaze. No one was injured.