OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Several Oakland County residents were left without a home due to fires started by lightning strikes Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Firefighters in Commerce Township and Walled Lake battled a two-alarm fire at condominiums on Addington Drive near Pontiac Trail, around 9 p.m. The fire ripped through several apartment units. No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross helped several tenants of a Rochester Hills apartment on Galloway Court, near Butler Road Sunday.
Neighbors heard a loud crack of thunder before the roof went up in flames. Fire crews reported they were called at about 5:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. A resident’s cat was also saved from the blaze.
Just hours later, firefighters battled a heavy fire at a home in Bloomfield Township, near Wing Lake Road. Crews said it was a challenge to put the fire out.
“It’s a large, several thousand square foot house,” said Fire Chief Mike Morin.
The family and their two dogs made it out safely.
West Bloomfield experience two other weather-related fires at about the same time.