Five people were displaced after lightning caused a house fire in south Charlotte Wednesday evening.
According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the incident happened at a home in the 2400 block of Cumberland Avenue.
Officials said 31 firefighters controlled the fire at a three-story house in 15 minutes.
CFD said a lightning strike started the fire that left $65,000 worth of damages.
There were no injuries in the fire.
No further information was released.
WBTV-TV Channel 3
Burke County is down an ambulance after one caught fire while transporting a patient to Buncombe County on Monday.
The county posted an account of what happened on its Facebook page. It says a Burke County EMS crew was taking a patient from a Morganton hospital to one in Asheville when, at around 5:30 p.m., the ambulance suffered a catastrophic transmission failure on Interstate 40. It happened near the Bat Cave/Fairview exit, said Burke County EMS Maj. Jason Black.
Black said the drive train blew apart and transmission fluid hit the hot engine and caught fire, burning the engine and cab of the vehicle, Black said.
The Facebook post says the patient and crew weren’t injured and got out of the vehicle. Black said family members were following the ambulance so the patient was put into a family member’s vehicle until a Buncombe County EMS ambulance could arrive on the scene and take the patient to the Asheville hospital.
Morganton News Herald
Every day is different for Robert Layton and Andy Koczak.
"Another day in the life you know," said Layton, who is a Carrboro firefighter.
Their full-time job consist of battling scorching flames as firemen.
When that's not happening, they're working hard at their part-time job at Buckner's Lawn Care.
However, on Tuesday afternoon, they had no idea they would have to do both of their jobs in the same day.
"That's when we noticed the apartment was on fire," Layton said.
Layton and Koczak jumped into action after seeing black smoke surround a housing authority apartment on Maple Street.
"We picked up the pace and we took off running over there," Layton said.
WGHP-TV FOX 8
The Holly Springs Fire Department took the town's oldest resident on a ride in the department's newest fire truck to celebrate a milestone birthday.
Martha Leach, who will turn 103 next month, had never ridden on a fire truck and lives near the station. She waves to firefighters and police from her front porch.
Police and firefighters always wave back and often stop to exchange pleasantries, family members said. Leach’s trip on the fire truck included a seat up front for the five-mile drive through town, the opportunity to blow the engine's loud horn and greetings from friends and neighbors, who held signs wishing "Miss Martha" a happy birthday.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
Two dogs were killed in a Zebulon house fire sparked by a lightning strike Wednesday night.
Authorities said lightning from severe storms moving through the area struck home on N.C. Highway 97 West at about 6:20 p.m.
The lightning struck the home near the kitchen and the flames spread through the house in about three minutes, authorities said.
Officials said 20 firefighters worked for about a half hour to get the fire under control.
Authorities said the woman who lives in the house was not home when the fire started, but two small dogs were killed in the blaze.
Authorities said an urn inside the home, which contained the ashes of the homeowner’s grandmother, made it out of the fire undamaged.
Officials said the woman will be able to re-enter the home Thursday, but the house sustained significant damage to the left side.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
Arson investigators have been called to the scene of a fire that destroyed a Buncombe County home.
The fire happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the home was fully involved when firefighters got there. It is a total loss.
Thankfully, no one was hurt.
This story will be updated as soon as more information is available.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville