ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Lightning sparked a fire that damaged 24 units Tuesday night at an Orange County apartment complex, officials said.
Orange County Fire Rescue said the fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Solis at Winter Park Apartments in the 7500 block of Key Largo Drive.
Fire officials tweeted Wednesday that 24 units were damaged in the fire.
No one was injured.
Crews rescued a Dalmatian during the fire, and the dog was reunited with its owners.
"Lightning strikes can prompt attic fires, (which are) prime locations for fires to fester," fire officials tweeted.
EarthNetworks reported that Orange County had over 23,000 cloud-to-ground strikes in 2018.
#LightningStrikes: Lightning is believed to the source of this 6/25 apartment complex fire, which impacted 24 units. Thankfully no one was hurt and crews rescued one Dalmatian. If your home is struck by lightning- call 911, get people and pets out, have working smoke alarms. pic.twitter.com/dfhHsNfLwe — OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) June 26, 2019
20:38 update: Crews confirming this Dalmatian was rescued from one of the units involved in the building fire at 7501 Key Largo Drive. Thankfully, he is doing just fine and has been reunited with owners. https://t.co/P214YzAOZo pic.twitter.com/acHpf25Vn1 — OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) June 26, 2019
Lightning strikes can prompt attic fires, prime locations for fires to fester. @EarthNetworks report Orange County FL had over 23K cloud to ground strikes in 2018. This is the third fire prompted by lightning in recent days. #LightningSafetyAwarenessWeek — OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) June 26, 2019
Officials said the Red Cross will be notified to help residents impacted by the fire.
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