Lightning Strike causes fire at Charles City firefighters house

Charles City, IA – An early Tuesday morning house fire was caused by direct lightning strike.

The Charles City Fire Department responded to a 911 call at approximately 3:47am on Tuesday morning to 2198 Old Highway Road for a report of a lightning strike to a home.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and flames visible from the roof.

According to Fire Chief Eric Whipple, the home is owned by Russell Bornstein, who is a 20-year C.C.F.D veteran firefighter.

The fire was mainly contained to the attic, with substantial smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the home.

No injuries were reported.

Fire crews were back at the station by 7:30am.

Agencies assisting the Charles City Fire Department included AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd Fire, Colwell Fire, Nashua Fire, Floyd County Search and Rescue, Floyd County EMA, American Red Cross, Floyd County Dispatch and MidAmerican Energy.

Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.

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