Multiple fires caused by lightning across Oakland County

No injuries reported

Fires were reported in Commerce Township, Rochester Hills and Bloomfield Townshop
Fires were reported in Commerce Township, Rochester Hills and Bloomfield Townshop

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.


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