Chief: Lightning likely cause of church fire

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 5:48 PM

   OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire chief says lightning accompanying a storm likely caused a blaze that gutted the auditorium of a church in Owensboro and cut off power to the neighborhood, including Brescia University.
 
   The fire started at about 3:30 CDT Monday and burned throughout the morning as firefighters poured more than 3,000 gallons of water a minute onto the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Church. There were no injuries.
 
   Fire Chief Steve Mitchell told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer  the attic above the church auditorium was engulfed in flames and it wasn't long before the roof collapsed.
 
   Five nearby houses were evacuated. A power grid was shut down, cutting power to several blocks of homes and Brescia University.

 

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