Lightning Hits Antenna at Detroit Firehouse

DETROIT -- A lightning strike is being blamed for knocking out a radio antenna at Detroit's Engine 41.

Sgt. Terrance Brewer said the strike happened last Friday while firefighters were out on a call. He said they returned to find the antenna in pieces on the ground. The damage blew out the building's two-way radio system and phone system.

"It makes it a little bit difficult, but we're serving. I mean we're used to doing what we have to to do, make sure we can get the job done," Brewer said.

Brewer said they have a back up handheld radio system.

The antenna is expected to be fixed by Thursday.

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