A fire Sunday evening in the Town of Sevastopol has been attributed to a lightning strike. The occupants of the home were taken to Ministry Door County Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation & later released. Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Herlache says most homes have a grounding system that will protect them from lightning, but the fire Sunday is an example of how lightning that strikes away from a structure can still damage it…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/N11501.mp3|titles=SBFD Chief Tim Herlache]
Chief Herlache was asked if there is anything on the market that can totally protect a home from a lightning strike…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/N1151.mp3|titles=SBFB Chief Tim Herlache]
Herlache estimated that the home sustained several thousand dollars in damage due to the fire that reached the kitchen area, as well as smoke damage.