Lightning Starts Fires Tuesday Afternoon

Lightning from a storm that rolled through Colorado Springs Wednesday started at least two separate fires.

The first happened near Wahsatch and Columbia. A group of roofers was working on a home when a bolt of lightning hit a tree right next to the house and started it on fire.

The fire department quickly put it out. A firefighter at the scene estimated the strike happened just 30 feet from where the men were working.

The near-miss was enough to send the men scrambling down off the house.

On the north side of the Springs, firefighters say lightning likely started a grass fire.

It happened at Old Ranch Road near Highway 83 and Powers.

The fire burned about a tenth of an acre in a wooded area behind a house.

No one was hurt.