Chief: Lightning causes 6 house fires in Hebron

Storms across the Tri-State
High water slows traffic on Fort Washington Way Wednesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
High water slows traffic on Fort Washington Way Wednesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
Hebron Fire Chief Tony Scheben talks to reporters at the scene of one of several house fires caused by lightning Wednesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dan Wood)
Hebron Fire Chief Tony Scheben talks to reporters at the scene of one of several house fires caused by lightning Wednesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dan Wood)

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - Storms caused damage across the Tri-State Wednesday, snapping trees, knocking out power and producing lightning that sparked several house fires.

Lightning caused six house fires alone in Hebron, according the community's fire chief, Tony Scheben.

All residents were able to get out safely, and no injuries were reported, he said.

Lightning also kept fire crews busy in Cincinnati.

Firefighters said they put out a blaze at a two-story apartment building on Oakwood Avenue in College Hill. Lightning struck the antennas on the roof, igniting the attic.

They estimated repair costs at $25,000.

In other storm damage, trees came down in East Price Hill, rain washed a stone wall into the streets in South Fairmount and high water rose in Northside and Cleves.

The police force in Cleves didn't lose power, but they saw months of progress on renovations at their building slip away when the lower level flooded in a couple feet of water, according Sgt. David Bingle.

The renovations began after a similar flood in May.

"This is kind of a repeat for us to go through again, so I headed in and the water continued to rise and the fire department responded and started pumping water out and couldn't keep up for a while, but now we've finally hit a breaking point," he said.

The water will be pumped out, but the garage and several other rooms were left a muddy mess.

"I think in some areas we had two feet of water in the basement and it was moving water, so it was kind of a dangerous situation. We had to open the back door and let the water come out."

High water also slowed travel on Fort Washington Way and shut down several lanes of Interstate 75. At times, hail fell hard.

At the height of the storm, nearly 16,000 Duke Energy customers were without power, according to the utility's website.

Just 211 remain in the dark this morning.

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