The high winds, rain and lightning that swept through Indianapolis on Wednesday caused residential fires in Greenwood and Bargersville. All residents made it out of their homes unharmed.
“Storms created a hectic afternoon for firefighters in Johnson County,” wrote Mike Pruitt, deputy chief of the Bargersville Fire Department, in an email.
BFD responded to two fires in Bargersville and helped Greenwood Fire Department with a third fire. One of the Bargersville fires was caused by a lightning strike and was in the home’s basement in the 500 block of North Centerline Road. Pruitt said it was challenging because of the heat and the road closures that made it difficult to access. The volume of calls occupying nearby departments also made it more difficult to handle.
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The fire was under control within 20 minutes and the home sustained $30,000 in damage. Firefighters from Franklin, Whiteland, New Whiteland, Trafalgar and Amity assisted.
The storms caused power outages from the north to east side with just over 10,000 homes still without power at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Flooding and tree damage also plagued the east side.
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