Huntersville Fire Department



Tuesday, March 20, 2012 At 10:33pm Cornelius Fire and Huntersville Station 2 were dispatched for a lightning strike to a residence with possible fire in the attic on John Connor road in the Peninsula neighborhood on Lake Norman in Cornelius. Cornelius Fire arrived on location and reported heavy smoke with fire showing through the roof and a working fire alert was transmitted. This brought additional units from Huntersville Station 1 and the Davidson Fire Department. While Cornelius Engine 2 made an initial attack on the fire, Huntersville E22 arrived on location and was assigned to the roof for ventilation. Davidson Engine 1 established RIT and Huntersville Engine 1 arrived and assisted Cornelius with an aggressive attack on the fire in the attic. The aggressive attack knocked the fire down quickly with the fire damage contained to the attic, the roof and the master bedroom of the structure. There was extensive water damage throughout the 2nd and 1st floors of the structure, however due to salvage operations, with tarps, some furniture was saved on the first floor. Extensive overhaul required an extended time on scene, with all Huntersville units clear the scene by 2:15am. Mount Mourne FD (Iredell County) and Huntersville Station 3 provided a move up company and covered the response areas while the crews were busy with the fire. Residents reported a loud bang that they believed was a lightning strike at the front of the house just before the fire. Residents sought the assistance of the Red Cross for temporary housing.

Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 22, Engine 1 and Heavy Rescue 1, Cornelius Engine 2, Engine 3 and Engine 4, Ladder 4 and Heavy Rescue 4,  Davidson Engine 1, Mecklenburg County Fire Marshall, Medic ALS stand-by, Cornelius Police Department and the Red Cross. Photos courtesy of WBTV and

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