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Second round of storms spark house fires Wednesday

1 year 11 months 4 days ago June 24, 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Wednesday, June 24 2015 June 24, 2015 11:08 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Lightning is suspected in three house fires, one near Episcopal High School that forced a family to run from their home during dinner.

"You could feel the heat," Mark Mitchell said of the flames he found in his attic. "I could see flames coming from the access," he said.

Mitchell said his wife smelled smoke first about ten minutes after hearing thunder from the bolt they believe hit their home.

"It almost sounded like it was on top of us," he said.
Mitchell said he tried to fend the flames off himself but couldn't.

Other house fires were reported in Livingston Parish and blamed on lightning.

 

Other than lightning, rain caused problems across the city. People reported street flooding on Essen Lane between Perkins and I-10 as the storm moved in, and tweeted pictures of cars on flooded roads at Sherwood and Coursey.

Crews were still clearing away limbs and debris from Tuesday's storms, which knocked out power to more than 10,500 people in Baton Rouge and blew down trees down across some roads.

Entergy said more than 6,000 people lost power in East Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday, many in the downtown area. Power was restored to most people before 10 p.m.

Weather issues could linger for the rest of the week.

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