(KMOX)-Lightning is being blamed for starting one of three fires that heavily damaged two homes and an apartment building overnight.
Wentzville Batalion Chief Mike Scott says a strike definitely started the late night two-alarm blaze that burned the roof off a home on Providence Ridge Drive, “Initial phone call came into dispatch as flames from the roof. First arriving units were met with heavy fire. They went into, initially, a defensive attack to try to knock the fire down to make it safer for them to go inside.”
Scott says the residents were able to escape without injury, but the home is uninhabitable, “It burned the roof off. They have a lot of water damage obviously from the fire operations and also from the rain.”
A few hours earlier, Wentzville firefighters battled a two alarm blaze in a four unit apartment building on Linda Lane. It started on a porch and left three families homeless. It’s cause is under investigation.
Lightning was suspected as the cause of a fire that destroyed a century-old home in Troy, Illinois, but neighbors tell KMOX it wasn’t storming when the blaze in the 3100 block of Staunton Road broke out.
They tell us the owner, who was the third generation of his family to live there, was out-of-town fishing. He asked the neighbor to get inside to get to his yellow lab, but another neighbor who tried was driven back by the heat and flames.
There’s no confirmation if the dog perished.