The Livingston Enterprise …

Posted August 12, 2020 at 7:44 am

The Livingston Fire Department was called out two weeks ago Tuesday night to multiple house fires, likely caused by lightning strikes during a lightning storm.

LFD Chief Rocky Dial reported that the department responded to three homes that night that had been struck by lightning.

Firefighters were dispatched to Cookeville Highway, Hillcrest Drive and Golf Drive.

The fire on Cookeville Highway was the first one called in around 10 p.m. The home had minor damage, according to Dial.

Another engine was dispatched to South Hillcrest Drive. Lightning had struck the air and heating unit, also resulting in very little damage.

The home on Golf Lane suffered “moderate to major” damage, Dial described.

The Livingston Police Department was originally dispatched to respond to a fallen tree, which had fallen through the roof. However, the homeowners had called again after smelling smoke.

According to Dial, three engines had been deployed throughout the night and they were not finished with all three calls until nearly 2:30 a.m.

Dial said that throughout the night, Fairgounds Volunteer Fair Department was on standby with a tanker truck if assistance had been needed.