Lightning strike blamed for Beloit fire
Public Information Officer for the Beloit Fire Department, Jeremy Flanagan, says Amanda Montero and Luis Casique-Flores, saw smoke on the roof of the eight unit apartment building at 1956 Colony Court during a storm. They pulled the fire alarm in their building, and then went next door to knock on doors.
Flanagan says the fire was caused by a lightning strike which hit a roof vent. The electrical surge then reportedly followed some wires into the building causing a short.
The building is valued at $524,000 and damage is estimated at $275,000.
Flanagan says most of the apartments are not habitable and the red cross is helping displaced residents find alternative housing until repairs can be made.