North Myrtle Beach fire crews discovered burnt spots along the roof line of a home Monday night, according to a Facebook post from the department.
Just after 8:30 p.m., crews responded to a house fire call on the 1500 block of 25th Avenue North with the Palmetto Shores subdivision. Different callers said they saw flames, and dispatchers received a fire alarm activation there also, the post states.
Arriving firefighters found charring on the roof line in three separate places. Thunderstorms had been plaguing the city during the same time.
Crews discovered smoky conditions, but no active fire on scene. Extensive overhaul was done to squelch the numerous charred areas, and firefighters spent more than two hours on scene before leaving just after 11 p.m., authorities said.
Officials stated in the post they believe the fire was sparked by a direct lightning strike. No injuries were reported. Horry County Fire Rescue provided aid by assisting with coverage to the city as NMBFR crews worked.