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Published: Saturday, 7/27/2013

Thunderstorm brief, but bothersome


Scattered power failures and at least two fires were the result of a brief thunderstorm that passed through metro Toledo about 4 p.m. today, authorities said.

There were no reported injuries.

West Toledo and the adjoining suburbs were hit the hardest, according to area law enforcement agents, with reports of downed tree limbs along West Bancroft Street and Douglas Road in West Toledo, as well as in Holland, Sylvania, and Sylvania Township.

Toledo Edison spokesman Gary Keys said there power failures caused mainly by downed tree limbs, with 123 customers in Holland and West Toledo and 32 in Sylvania and Sylvania Township losing power. Utility crews were sent to the scenes, with the expectation that all of the affected would have the service restored "within a couple of hours," Mr. Keys said.

Additionally, lightning hit a transformer near the Inverness Club in the 4600 block of Dorr Street, setting it on fire. Also, a tree fell on a house in the 4800 block of Fair Oaks Drive, near West Laskey and Tremainsville roads, causing a small attic fire that was put out by Toledo firefighters, a fire dispatcher said.

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