CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A lightning strike was believed to be responsible Tuesday evening for a small fire at a church in Barboursville, and more than 5,000 Cabell County residents were without power as of 9:15 p.m., according to American Electric Power's website.
The utility room fire started just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in the 700 block of Shaw Street in Barboursville, firefighters tell WSAZ.com. They believe a nearby lightning strike was responsible, causing a power surge to the church's air conditioning units.
At the time, there were people inside having a prayer meeting. The parishioners smelled the smoke and called firefighters.
WSAZ.com Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier reported multiple cloud-to-ground lightning strikes with some of the storms that passed through the area.
As of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, AEP reports the following outages in West Virginia:
No outages are reported in the Ohio and Kentucky counties of our region.