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April 28, 2014

Whitley property that saw March fire struck by lightning early Friday

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

The old adage “lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice” got proven wrong Friday morning after a fire destroyed a utility shed on Lee Lane.

The shed had survived a blaze March 25 when the home it was part of burned down.

Kevin Gibbs, Oak Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department chief, said lightening from the Friday morning thunderstorm struck a large pine tree next to the shed — which led to the complete destruction of the shed by fire.

No one was injured.

Juanita Barnett owns what’s left of the residence at 319 Lee Lane — a cause for that fire remains unknown.

Gibbs did say that the original fire at the home is not considered an arson. “(There’s) nothing suspicious (about the fire) at this time,” he said.

The house was a complete loss — the front and back porches are the only parts of the home that remain. Seeing inside the burned-out shell in the aftermath of the fire, a space heater was clearly visible toward the back of the residence — although, as Gibbs said, a cause has yet to be determined.

At the time, Gibbs said the owner of the residence was difficult to determine. Two disabled vehicles were in the driveway of the house — a white Jeep Cherokee and a four-door Hyundai. There is also a residence within 500 feet of the burned house, but no one appeared to be home.

The fire at the shed Friday took crews a little more than an hour to get under control.

 

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