RCFD Station 6 struck by lightning
RAPID CITY, S.D. — While the Rapid City Fire Department has plenty of experience dealing with the results of lightning strikes, firefighters from RCFD Station 6 were on the receiving end when Fire Station 6 was apparently hit by lightning during a thunderstorm sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 14.
According to an RCFD blog post, the strike damaged the phone system, fire alarm system, back-up generator and the garage door opener for Engine 3-6.
The electricity also tripped all of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets in the station. The building does not appear to have any structural damage. None of the firefighters on-duty and in the station during the strike were injured.
The Station 6 crew was in the station monitoring the storm and incoming calls for service throughout the city when the strike occurred. They reported a bright flash with simultaneous thunder that shook the building. Issues with the phones, fire alarm system and outlets were noted immediately. The station is situated next to a large communications tower. It is unknown if the station was hit directly or received an indirect strike.
The lightning strike and subsequent damage to the station did not affect the ability of Station 6 to respond to emergencies and calls for service. At the time of this release, much of the damage had been repaired.