Lightning Believed Responsible for Church Fire; Power Outages Reported

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

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 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. 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:

  • Cabell County -- 3,300

  • Wayne County -- 228

  • Lincoln County -- 234

No outages are reported in the Ohio and Kentucky counties of our region.

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