Storm sparks house fire in Mission Hills, fire fighters investigate lightning strikes throughout NEJC

Smoke poured from the Mission Hills home early Friday morning. Photo by Tommy Sherk, shawneemissionpost.com intern.
Smoke poured from the Mission Hills home early Friday morning. Photo by Tommy Sherk, shawneemissionpost.com intern.

Intense winds and lightning strikes accompanying last night’s severe storms made for a busy morning for Consolidated Fire District No. 2 — and will likely make for a busy day for tree trimming companies.

Firefighters received a call around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning of a house fire in progress in the 5800 block of High Drive in Mission Hills. Investigators found that a felled power line had sparked a blaze that started at the home’s electrical service entrance in the basement.

Battalion Chief Ed Barter said no one appeared to be living in the home at the time and no one was injured. It took firefighters approximately 90 minutes to control the blaze, with the last fire unit leaving the scene around 5:15 a.m. Barter said damage is estimated at $50,000 to the property and $10,000 to the home’s contents.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the response and was treated with first aid at the scene.

CFD2 received a number of additional calls about felled limbs and power lines as well as lightning strikes, but none of those situations resulted in active fires. Dozens of trees throughout northeast Johnson County had major limbs fall in the storm.

The storm added to the near-historic rain totals for the past two months, with the weather station at 63rd Street and Mission Road recording 1.497 inches of precipitation overnight.

High winds felled limbs throughout northeast Johnson County.
High winds felled limbs throughout northeast Johnson County.