House fire, other storm damage reported in Montgomery

Viewer photo of house on fire in Deer Creek.
Viewer photo of house on fire in Deer Creek.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Reports of storm damage came into the WSFA 12 Newsroom about power outages, trees down and even a home on fire after a lightning strike Thursday afternoon.

A house in the Deer Creek subdivision off Vaughn Road caught on fire after lighting struck it. Details on the extent of the home's damage were not known, but officials say no injuries were reported.

Others reported very strong winds, small hail and torrents of rain in East Montgomery. WSFA 12 News anchor Bob Howell said at least one large limb was snapped off a tree near his home.

There were also numerous, widespread reports of small limbs down being.

Dixie Electric confirmed that power has been restored to many customers except those at Eastchase and the strip along Interstate 85 from Costco to Sonic.

Two trees fell behind the Sonic restaurant in East Montgomery. Terri Faulk, a spokeswoman for Dixie, said the poles were being fixed and power was being rerouted. Power may remain out beyond 10:00pm.

Faulk said there are still a few scattered places without power but that crews are working to fix the problems.

Reports of scattered power outages were also reported across Montgomery and as far away as Pike County and Tuskegee where it's believed lightning struck a dorm, sending it up in flames.

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