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Lightning strike causes damage at construction site

Apartments under construction

MADISON, Wis. - A lightning strike did $10,000 in damage at a construction site on University Avenue in Madison Friday morning, according to the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to 1815 University Avenue at 8:10 a.m. when a caller reported a lightning strike at the site of an apartment building under construction.

Smoke was found on the fourth floor of the building, and there were no flames.

Firefighters went to the roof area where they noticed some brickwork and plywood had blown apart. Firefighters sprayed water where lightning had caused some burning to the roof area and to a portion of the 4th floor, fire officials said.

According to a release, construction workers from Findorff felt the building shake after the lightning struck and noticed sparks.

Firefighters were leaving the scene and construction workers were resuming work around 9 a.m.

A sign at the site states that the BrownLoft apartments are scheduled to open this summer.

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