Crime & Public Safety

Lightning strike sets Hilton Head home on fire

Lightning struck an outdoor grill behind a Hilton Head Island home Friday afternoon, sparking a fire that spread to the residence, according to the Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division.

A 60-year-old man smelled smoke at his Whitney Place home about 1:10 p.m. and went outside to find his grill, a fence and the side of his home on fire, division battalion chief Mick Mayers said. After calling 911, the resident began battling the flames with a hose, he said.

When crews arrived, they extinguished the rest of the fire.

The blaze had spread through the home's walls up to the attic, causing about $21,000 in damage, Mayers said. The homeowner was not injured.

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