Lightning Strike Ignites a Tree Blaze

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Lightning struck a tree that caught fire in the Temple Terrace area during this past Tuesday’s unexpected afternoon thunderstorm.

Four fire engines spent several minutes dousing a palm tree in the 2000 block of San Remo Drive to prevent the blaze from spreading to homes along the densely developed block, fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. “The fire was quickly extinguished and did not spread to any structures,” he said.

One resident nearby described the lightning strike as the loudest sound they’ve ever heard.

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