Lightning Ignites House in Carroll County

Violent storms rolled through our area on the afternoon of Friday, June 10th. Lightning from one of those storms ignited a house fire at 706 Sherwood Lane off River Hill Road in Carroll County. At 5:10 pm tones sounded with the dispatcher explaining that a woman had called in a panic stating that her house was on fire. Upon arrival, the Chief advised all incoming units of a story and a half wood frame structure with fire throughout. To further complicate matters, there was a downed power line on the front right side of the house and two large propane tanks on the front left of the house. Engine 2 arrived first followed by Tanker 10. One line was pulled to work the left side of the house, one line for the right side and a third line was pulled to cool the propane tanks to prevent an explosion. The Chief called for tanker support from the Hillsville Fire Department. Water supply quickly became an issue due to the volume of fire. F500 Foam was then used from Engine 3 which tripled the knockdown power of plain water. Members worked for 2.5 hours through rain and lightning before picking up and returning to the station. Some personal belongings and keep sakes were salvaged. The structure was considered a total loss. The family did not have insurance and was planning on staying with relatives. The Red Cross was called to assisted. Special thanks to the Hillsville Fire Department as well as Carroll EMS! While Hillsville shuttled much needed water, Carroll EMS helped position and advance attack lines during the heat of the battle.