Heavy rain causes some flooding and a possible lightning strike ignites a fire

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A fire ignited in Goose Creek and fire officials say a lightning strike may have been the source. Fire crews responded to the area of 115 Cannon Ave. at around 1:30 p.m. today.

Neighbors reported seeing flames but say firefighters quickly got the blaze under control. “It was in flames and smoking pretty bad,” said Sarah Miniard, who lives on Cannon Avenue.

The side of a home caught fire and one woman made it out of the home alright, according to Goose Creek Rural Fire Department officials.

As of 2 p.m. firefighters had put out the fire but remained on the scene. Officials said it was unclear how much damage the house suffered.

Other areas of the Lowcountry have also experienced dreary weather. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for James Island that expired at 2:30 p.m. At around 12:24 p.m. radar indicated heavy rain near James Island County Park. Weather service officials estimate that more than four inches fell in the area.

Earlier today, the NWS also issued a flood advisory for minor flooding in areas with poor drainage in the southern, central part of Charleston County including the Charleston Executive Airport, Bears Bluff Road, Huskum Corner and Secessionville Road. That advisory expired at 2 p.m.

The heavy rain from earlier has ended but light to moderate showers are expected through 4 p.m. today.