Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A lightning strike is suspected of causing an apartment fire in Perrysburg, Ohio

A lightning strike is suspected of causing an apartment fire in Perrysburg early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters from Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, and Rossford responded to a 6:15 a.m. fire call in the 300 block of Portside Circle at the Perry’s Crossing apartments, north of State Rte. 795.

There were heavy thunderstorms in the area at the time, and one resident reported hearing a loud boom and seeing a bright flash moments before the fire was observed.

Residents of four units were evacuated because of smoke, but firefighters at the scene said the fire was mostly contained to the outside of the building, indicating the likelihood of a lightning strike, although no official cause has been determined.

Members of the Red Cross will assist the families displaced by the fire.



Crews were on the scene of an apartment fire in Perrysburg Wednesday morning.

The fire occurred at Perry's Crossing Apartment Complex located off of State Route 795 around 6 a.m.

Officials say the outside of the apartments suffered extensive damage, while four apartments were damaged by smoke.

Everyone in the apartment complex was evacuated while crews fought the blaze.

No one was injured.

Tahra Buck lives in the apartment where the fire started, and said everyone is just lucky to be alive.

"You know, we're all alive. That's the best thing, and it didn't travel more than the two apartments. So as long as we're all alive, that's all that really matters," said Buck.

Officials believe lightning was the cause of the fire.

All residents were allowed back in their apartments except for the four apartments that suffered smoke damage.

The Red Cross is on the way to the scene to assist the residents of those four apartments.