Lighting blamed for structure fire.
Selmer Fire Department responded to a 911 call April 9 at approximately 9:30 p.m. The initial report was of flames shooting from the top of a building on Mulberry Avenue.
People at Los Aztecas, which is next door, went outside due to the power being out after the strike. “We walked outside to check the damage and that’s when we saw the building on fire” said Humberto Palomino.
The first buildings reported on fire were Norton Law Firm, an unoccupied building and Richard Renovations LLC. The building rooves were reported to be completely engulfed in flames.
All units of the Selmer Fire Department, including many units from the surrounding towns and County Fire Departments responded. The Selmer Fire Department extends it’s thanks to all the surrounding units that came to their aid.
Rain was falling heavily while lightning continued to streak across the sky as the firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. Several electrical explosions occurred as they worked.
The fire burned for many hours causing significant damage to the buildings. DJ Norton Law firm is operational at another location and no client files were destroyed in the fire.
The fire was extinguished at 2 a.m. Saturday. The last fire unit struck out at 5:13 a.m. Saturday.