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Lightning causes Taylor fire


Sunday night’s thunderstorm has left some damage in its wake.


The Taylor Fire Department has reported that there was one fire at a farm just north of the train overpass which is suspected to have been caused by lightning.

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The fire began at approximately 10:15 p.m. at a shed on the property, and the firefighters battled the blaze until approximately 3 a.m.

One vehicle was damaged and two sheds were destroyed, says Fire Chief Mike Ryder, adding that at least one of the sheds contained plywood.

Ryder says it took awhile to ensure all the embers from the shed were out, so that the blaze wouldn’t reignite.

Much of the province has been under fire ban warnings, including parts of the Peace River Region which has been classified as very dry over most of the summer.

However, according to Environment Canada, 17.8 millimeters of rain was recorded in the Fort St. John area over the past 24 hours (as of 11 a.m.).

That amount is more than half of the total 28 millimeters of precipitation the city has received over the month of August.

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