Lightning Strikes Landfill, Sparks Fire

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

The rumble of machinery and fire trucks on Friday was actually the CALM after the storm - literally. For the storm came and went - but the destruction remained. At about 11 o'clock Thursday night and into Friday morning, the county landfill, along Christians Creek Road, was lighting up the sky.

Ken Fanfoni, Director of the Augusta County Service Authority, explained, "I thought it was going to last all day. And between the fire department and our staff - digging out the hots spots - they've pretty much knocked it out."

Thanks to some neighbors who noticed smoke, fire fighters started dousing the flames quickly. But it still took until about noon Friday to declare the fire *out.* Though fire officials and the Service Authority say they can't be quite sure, it looks like all this mess back here was caused by a bolt from Mother Nature.

Fanfoni notes that they have had lightning strikes there in the past, "Yeah, you know, that's not that uncommon. Each day when you curb your trash there's still some exposed areas that could have some combustible material. And more than likely, we had a lightning strike that caused a small fire that continued to spread."

The fire was contained to a relatively small area. No homes or other structures were in danger.

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