(WFXR) — Firefighters in two different southwest Virginia counties were called out on Tuesday to respond to incidents involving lightning strikes.
According to the Bedford Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Longhill Road at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 for a report of a house that had been hit by lightning.
When units arrived at the scene, they checked the attic to make sure there were no flames before they started removing the loose bricks from the chimney and covering the large hole in the roof that was caused by the lightning.
While personnel were handling the incident along Longhill Road, fire officials say they were dispatched to a second call in the 8900 block of Big Highland Highway for the smell of smoke in a home, but that turned out to be an electrical issue.
There are no reports of injuries from either of these Bedford County incidents.
This news comes after the Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS says firefighters and units from the U.S. Forest Service battled a blaze burning along the steep slopes of the Appalachian Trail on Tinker Mountain early Tuesday morning.
According to the Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS, crews from the Troutville Volunteer Fire Department, the Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department, and Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue contributed personnel and resources to fight this fire as it burned in the undergrowth and brush in a remote part of the forest.
Officials say the fire appears to be the result of a lightning strike, likely from the storms that took place overnight.