Lightning Strikes Suspected in Several Philly-Area Fires Overnight

A lightning strike exploded a Doylestown house's chimney.

Whew! What a storm last night, eh? I wouldn’t know — I live in an apartment that looks out onto two alleyways and slept right through everything — but apparently it was quite strong. Lightning struck several homes in the area and exploded a home’s chimney in Doylestown.

Firefighters also say a lightning strike may have ignited an abandoned home in Highland Township that took two fire companies an hour to get under control. In some areas, quarter-size hail fell during the storm, complicating things for people fighting fires.

NBC 10 has video of a strike in Delaware.

In addition to the exploding chimney in Doylestown and the fire in Highland Township, lightning is blamed or suspected in fires in Chalfont, Trumbauersville, West Deptford, Harrison Township and Vineland.

[NBC 10]