On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, a two-alarm fire sparked by a lightning strike destroyed a strip mall containing 12 stores in Carmel, IN. Heavy thunderstorms and severe cloud-to-ground lighting hampered firefighting operations. The mall was constructed in 1999 of Type II and Type V materials. A...
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Fifty-eight firefighters operated nine engines, two aerial platforms and one heavy rescue at the scene. Five hydrants supplied water from the municipal water system to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries. Businesses destroyed by the fire included El Rodeo Restaurant, Weston Cleaners and Lovely Nails. Suffering fire damage were Cork and Cracker, Message Envy and Allure Nails. Water damaged Hallmark Cards, Ace Vacuum, Subway, The UPS Store, The Tanning Company and Blockbuster Video.
Carmel Fire Department investigators determined that the fire was started by a lightning strike to the building in an area near the north portion that contained Weston Cleaners, El Rodeo Restaurant and Lovely Nails. The exact point of origin was not determined. Damage was estimated at $2.6 million to the building and $2.5 million to the contents.