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Lightning sparks Greeneville fire: Rural resources building 'a total loss'

April 13th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Greeneville Sun is reporting that a fire that a fire that broke out during a thunderstorm  destroyed a building that housed the office, kitchen, and craft shop of the well known Rural Resources organization.

No one was in the building, and no people or nearby animals were injured.

The fire was triggered by a lightning strike in the midst of the severe thunderstorm, according to interviews with two firefighters, a police officer who was one of the first persons on the scene, and Sally Causey, Rural Resources' executive director.

"It was definitely lightning," Causey said of the fire's cause, noting that a nearby tree showed the burns of a lightning strike.

Causey said the wooden building, a former barn, was about 40 feet wide by 80 feet long. She described it as "a total loss."

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