Second lightning-related fire in a week strikes Crockery Twp.

The second Crockery Township home in less than a week was struck by lightning when storms rumbled through the area Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 17804 120th Ave. at 9:42 p.m. when the homeowners saw smoke in the laundry room after a lightning strike shook the area. Crockery Township Fire Chief Gary Dreyer said the lightning hit the house and followed a vent to the dryer, starting it on fire. The chief said the fire was contained to the dryer and was extinguished by firefighters.
Becky Vargo
Aug 24, 2011

 

There were other electrical problems caused by the strike, including a burned-out electrical circuit in an upper-floor room, Dreyer said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for an hour, doing an extensive investigation to make sure there was no other area of the home in danger of fire, Dreyer said.
Dreyer said damage was estimated at a couple thousand dollars.

This was the only storm-related incident the Crockery Township Fire Department handled Tuesday night, he said.

On Saturday, firefighters from eight departments battled a blaze at Bob and Theresa Kary’s home at 9878 Taft Road in Crockery Township. The home was destroyed by fire after it was hit by lightning from a storm that passed through the area between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. that day.

Grand Haven Township firefighters had a much busier night Tuesday, responding to several storm-related calls including a lightning strike at the home of Township Supervisor Karl French.

WZZM-TV meteorologist Joe Kopecek said this morning that the storms rolled through pretty quickly, dumping about six-tenths of an inch of rain in parts of West Michigan. Although “there was pretty vivid lightning, there were no reports of severe weather,” he said. Wind gusts up to 35 mph were reported.

Kopecek said a warm front was moving through the area today, bringing with it warm and muggy weather. There was a chance of showers and thunderstorms again today, with a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, he said. Winds were expected to be 6-12 mph along the Lakeshore.

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