Police say lightning led to Helena house fire

Published 2:26 pm Friday, September 23, 2011


Helena firefighters said they believe a lightning strike caused a residential fire in the 4100 block of Old Cahaba Parkway during the early morning hours of Sept. 23.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 1:20 a.m. after they received a report of the fire. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered the fire was fully involved, according to a Helena Police Department press release.

Police said nobody was home when the blaze occurred, and no injuries were reported. However, the house was a “total loss,” police said.

“No official cause has been determined but it is suspected that it was due to a lightning strike,” Helena Police Deputy Chief Tim Carter wrote in the press release.