Lightning-Caused Fire Damages Dubuque Apartment Building

Lighting struck an apartment building at 3157 Hillcrest Road in Dubuque early Wednesday causing a fire that damaged two apartments.  The fire department was called to the address at 2:17 am and arrived at 2:22 am to find heavy fire showing from the roof of the building.  Crews quickly determined that all occupants where out of building and applied water from the outside to knock down the heavy fire in the Mansard-style roof.  The fire was under control in 10 minutes and crews entered to extinguish any remaining fire.

Four apartments are evacuated and one apartment received heavy fire damage while the others have light smoke damage.  No occupants were injured and the fire was determined to be caused by a lightning strike.  Damage estimate is $30,000.


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