Firefighters respond to dual lightning strikes

A lightning strike near a Navarre home Saturday afternoon carved a path through the front yard and into the side of the house, damaging electrical wiring and threatening to ignite an attic fire.

Firefighters from  Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Florosa and Midway responded to the call around 4 p.m. The homeowners told them the house – located on the 2400 block of Seaview Court – was filling with smoke.

It was “lucky they were home,” Holley-Navarre Fire Department Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville told this newspaper. If not, he said, firefighters would likely have been at the house later working an attic fire.

After striking a nearby tree, lightning dug this trench into the front yard of a Navarre home Saturday afternoon.

Crews had been on the scene of another residential lightning strike when the call from Seaview Court came in. That strike, at a home on Bay Club Drive, hit a phone jack and blew the interior phone socket off the wall, Rounsaville said.

On Seaview Court, lightning hit a tree in the front yard and carved a trench across the ground, throwing dirt and debris across the yard and onto the side of a car and the house. The car was also slightly damaged in the strike.

Firefighters discovered light smoke coming from the eaves, several burned wires and smoldering insulation in the attic, Rounsaville said. Crews were able to prevent any further damage to the home.

Read the full article in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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