Four lightning strikes reported on James Island

Reader Laura Angermeier snapped this photo from the west end of Folly Beach around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Lightning strikes may have damaged four houses on James Island early Saturday morning, according to the Charleston Fire Department.

At 3:06 a.m., firefighters were called to a fire on Peas Hill Road, Charleston Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Kunitzer said. Residents reported hearing a loud bang during a storm and smoke and fire in the attic. Crews put out an attic fire. The Red Cross assisted four adults and a child who lived there.

At 3:09 a.m., units were dispatched to a house on Clear-spring Drive. Residents told firefighters the house had been hit by lightning. Firefighters observed a light haze in the house but no fire.

At 3:27 a.m., units were dispatched to a house on Ocean Neighbors Boulevard. At 3:29 a.m., crews were sent to another house on the same street. Residents at both houses reported a possible lightning strike. Firefighters noted damage to electrical systems at both houses.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Units from Charleston, James Island, St. John's, St. Andrews and North Charleston fire departments responded, as well as Charleston County EMS and the Charleston Police Department.

"The multiple calls for service at near identical times again proved the value of the automatic aid agreement and the strength of the regional partnership," Charleston Fire Department Deputy Chief John Tippert said.

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