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Lightning jolts city, starts fire, kills one bird

Apr 28, 2014 - From staff reports

A lightning strike over central Riverton on Saturday afternoon rattled windows and startled residents but caused only minor damage when it hit a tree.

The lightning struck shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, accompanied by a deafening thunderclap.

Moments later, sirens sounded as a fire call was reported at the Robert Willis residence on Westridge Drive, where one of the lightning bolts had struck a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce in the front yard of the residence.

Firefighters from the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and extinguished the fire, which had not spread from the upper limbs of the tree.

There were no human injuries, but a bird perched in the tree was killed.

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