‘It sounded like a loud pop’: Lightning sparks fire in Montgomery neighborhood

Firefighters confirmed the cause of the garage fire was a lightning strike

Lightning sparks fire in Montgomery neighborhood

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Denise Taylor had just put her kids in bed on Thursday night when she heard what sounded like a “loud pop.”

“I was just in the bedroom watching some TV, and we heard this loud pop and saw this super bright flash,” Taylor said.

Taylor looked outside and saw flames coming from behind her neighbor’s house.

Firefighters battled a garage fire at a home in Cloverdale-Idlewild Thursday night. (Source: Montgomery Fire/Rescue)
Firefighters battled a garage fire at a home in Cloverdale-Idlewild Thursday night. (Source: Montgomery Fire/Rescue)

“We could see bits of the flames. It was behind their house, so we could see the smoke and kind of the orange glow on the smoke," Taylor said.

Within minutes, Taylor said, dozens of firefighters arrived at her neighbor’s house and began putting out the flames.

“By the time I came out, all the firetrucks were already here," Taylor said.

That was around 10 on Thursday night.

“Once they arrived, we did find that there was a detached garage, a two-story garage, that was fully involved,” said Capt. Jason Cupps, with Montgomery Fire/Rescue.

No one was in the detached garage, at the time of the fire, but the homeowners were inside the house. Cupps said the fire was “pretty involved” when firefighters arrived on the scene.

“They initially went into the fire, like we go into most fires, with an interior attack, but it was a little too intense. There was too much going on, so they had to back up and do a defensive attack from the outside," Cupps said.

After investigating, fire officials determined the fire was caused by a lightning strike from Thursday’s storm.

“Sadly, our area is prone to these severe thunderstorms that come through with a lot of lightning strikes, and that’s something that not even the best fire prevention can handle," Cupps said.

The homeowner said he’s thankful the fire happened in his garage and not his actual house. Taylor said she’s also thankful.

What's left of a two-story garage in west Montgomery, after a lightning strike from Thursday's storm caused the building to catch on fire.
What's left of a two-story garage in west Montgomery, after a lightning strike from Thursday's storm caused the building to catch on fire. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

“I was very happy that it wasn’t the house, and that it was just the building behind his house," Taylor said.

Cupps said no one was injured in the fire.

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