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Lightning likely cause of Perrysburg apartment fire

A lightning strike likely caused an apartment fire in Perrysburg early Wednesday.

Firefighters from Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, and Rossford responded to a 6:15 a.m. fire call in the 300 block of Portside Circle at the Perry’s Crossing apartments, north of State Rt. 795.

Heavy thunderstorms were in the area at the time, and one resident reported hearing a loud boom and seeing a bright flash moments before the fire was observed.

Residents of four units were evacuated because of smoke, but firefighters at the scene said the fire was mostly contained to the outside of the building, indicating the likelihood of a lightning strike.

Members of the Red Cross will assist the families displaced by the fire.

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