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Lightening strike causes large trench at Alpena home

ALPENA, Mich. – Yesterday’s storm caused some damage to homes in the area.

Alpena City Fire responded to a call at an Alpena home on Campbell Street regarding a lightning strike.

Upon there arrival, they discovered a large 20-to-30 foot trench in the backyard of the home.

The fire department said there was lots of debris and other issues.

“Obviously lightening struck in the backyard, throwing debris all the way over the onto Campbell street and the adjacent building McDonald brothers Collision also, some of the outlets in the house started smoking, so we had to get the power cut and we there also was a strong odor of gas so, DTE came and cut the gas line to the house,” said Alpena Fire Risk Reduction Officer Andy Marceau.

Marceau wants to remind people to keep themselves safe and inside during storms.

“Stay inside. You don’t want to be looking right out the windows, get inside of an interior room and away from the windows,” said Marceau. “We don’t know what that lightening is going to do, it’s very unpredictable. And people also shouldn’t be outside checking it out, looking up at it.”

For information on lightening including statistics, you can visit the Alpena Fire departments Facebook page.