Lightning strike, fire reported at Berea apartment

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA)–Firefighters are investigating a possible lightning strike that hit an apartment in Berea.

Berea and Duncan Chapel fire crews responded to North Franklin Apartments on N. Franklin Road early Friday morning.

Firefighters on the scene say it only took a few minutes for everyone to get out.  No one was hurt.

Berea Assistant Fire Chief Alan Myers said firefighters responded around 4:45 a.m.

Chief Meyers said firefighters saw smoke coming from a residence and extinguished the fire. He said it appears that it was caused by a lightning strike near a water heater.

All the residents were out of the home and safe.

“Everyone got out safely, and that’s what we’re thankful for,” Chief Myers said.

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