Lightning could be to blame for minor trailer fire.

June 14, 2022

Lightning could be to blame for minor trailer fire.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART TOWNSHIP — A structure fire due to a lightning strike was reported at 3241 North 72nd Avenue in the Pines Trailer Court Monday, June 13, around 10:40 p.m.

Dispatch information indicated smoke was in the residence and occupants were evacuating.

Hart Fire Chief Dwight Fuehring said Tuesday morning there was a small fire, but it was quickly extinguished. It is unclear if lightning caused it, he said.

“There was a fire under the trailer, but there were no signs of lightning. One of the (residents) said it did explode hard next to them. It was just a small little fire. We got it out really quick — just a little skirting down below and put it right out. We are just unsure what it was.

“The neighbors came over and said the same thing that there was a heck of a lightning strike.”

Pentwater and Shelby-Benona fire departments were also dispatched to the scene. “We had Pentwater and Shelby just on standby and then disregarded them,” said the chief.

Hart Area Fire Department was on scene for about a half hour. No structural damage occurred.

The homeowner planned to call an electrician Tuesday to have it inspected, said the chief. 

Shortly after that fire was dispatched, another one was toned out in Hesperia during Monday’s night thunderstorm at 39 S. Division St. around 11:20 p.m. It was reported a kitchen outlet sparked, and residents smelled smoke. Hesperia Fire Department cleared the scene quickly.

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