Monday, October 15, 2001

Fire destroys store; lightning blamed

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Authorities say they think a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed Hollywood Video on U.S. 22 Sunday night.

        When Deerfield Township Fire and Rescue personnel arrived shortly after the 7:27 p.m. alarm, heavy smoke was coming from the video store at 3923 W. U.S. 22, Battalion Chief Doug Koch said.

        The fire was running the length of the building's attic, he said.

        Employees and customers who were in the building were able to leave uninjured. Witnesses said it appeared lightning had struck the building.

        The preliminary damage estimate on the gutted building is more than $600,000, Chief Koch said.


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