All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio
*A Flood Warning is in effect | A Flood Advisory is in effect | Excessive Heat Warning is in effect | A Heat Advisory is in effect | Live Chicago Weather Updates*
Weather related reports from overnight’s storms were not just confined to heavy rain but lightning as well.
At least two house fires, one in Glencoe and one in Deerfield appeared to be caused by lightning strikes from the intense thunderstorms that passed through the Chicago area this morning. A third blaze at a Mt. Prospect apartment complex could also be lightning-related.
The Glencoe home on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue was a “total loss” according to Mike Volling, Fire Chief for the Glencoe Department of Public Safety. Volling said that while the investigation has not concluded, there’s “every indication” that a lightning strike caused the fire, including reports from neighbors that they heard loud booms.
“It’s not uncommon to get a lightning strike on a house, but they don’t always start fires,” Volling said. “This one must have struck something … that caused combustion to take place. Unfortunately we lost the house.”
It took more than an hour to get the fire under control, Volling said. Several firefighters in the area assisted.
Lightning was also the apparent cause of a fire this morning that forced a Deerfield family from its home and resulted in one firefighter being hospitalized.
The fire started in the roof of a home in the 800 block of Smoke Tree Road in Deerfield. According to Battalion Commander Jim Philip, the official cause of the fire is pending an investigation, but “it has every appearance of a being a lightning strike.”
The injured firefighter suffered chest pains and was taken to Highland Park Hospital and was in good condition, Philip said.
A third fire, possibly lightning related occured in Mt. Prospect. The Mt. Prospect fire, was at the Colonial Green apartments, a 39-unit structure at 2024 W. Algonquin Road. Heavy fire was seen on the top floor and roof of the three-story building around 3:30a.m. this morning, according to fire officials.
According to fire officials, the fire destroyed the attic and part of the third floor. All 75 of the building’s occupants got out of the building and were relocated by Mt. Prospect Human Services and Red Cross. The damage is estimated at $3 million.
The release said an investigation into the fire’s cause is ongoing and that determining if the weather was a factor in the fire was part of it.
In addition to the heavy rain and lightning reports, a brief tornado touched down earlier this afternoon in Kentland, Indiana, roughly two hours southeast of Chicago in Newton County.
More thunderstoms are possible tonight.
Click on the “Subscribe” button above and enter your e-mail address to receive a free alert to your inbox when a new article is published by the Chicago Weather Examiner and/or the Chicago Snow Report Examiner. Follow us on Twitter! Become a fan of the Facebook page!
Next >> Another round of thunderstorms tonight/Sunday morning; Flash Flood Watch issued
Previous << Last night’s historic rainstorm shuts down expressways; more rain on the way