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Lightning sparks fire as storms leave mark on area

The storm clouds rolled in fast and with it came heavy rain, winds, and lightning. One lightning bolt hit a home on Winding Wood Lane, in the Heartland neighborhood, causing a small fire in the attic.

"Probably about the height of the lightning store we got a call, here, for smoke coming from the roof," started Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott, "The fire is out, there are no injuries, and there were folks at home."

However, that wasn't all that happened. A large tree was uprooted on Walnut Hill Road, several tree limbs were blown down along Paris Pike, and another tree off Iron Works Road had a limb that looked like it exploded.

While there were many trees knocked down around the area, one cable was blown down and found hanging just feet off the ground, on Liberty Road. It wasn't noticed until a semi-truck driver spotted the thin cable and made a quick stop.

"Most truck drivers watch for that kind of stuff, especially in Lexington, because we're high at 13 (feet), six (inches) we kind of have the tendency to be on the lookout for something like that," explained Charles Bussell.

Even with his big rig stopped in the middle of the road, that wasn't enough to stop some drivers from trying to get by.

"I tried to flag them (the drivers) down but some of these people don't want to stop," described Bussell, "probably about the fourth or fifth car that came up was a police officer, he was the one that stopped traffic. He actually wrote some guy a ticket that bypassed him and went underneath the wire."

Police say the cable was not a live power line, but rather a TV cable that crossed above the street. They say it was still enough to cause concern and force traffic to stop or even turn around.


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