Lightning strike calls keep Rincon Fire Department busy

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RINCON, GA (WTOC) - Strong storms kept Rincon firefighters busy Monday afternoon. They answered several lightning strike calls in the span of an hour.

This comes after those firefighters battled a massive house fire Sunday night for the same reason.

For a small department with limited manpower, the large number of calls strains their resources.

"I think five calls total [today], three lightning strikes," said Rincon Fire Chief Corey Rahn.

Storms slammed the area around 5 o'clock Monday afternoon.

"It's been popping for the last hour, hour and fifteen minutes all over Rincon," said Rahn.

Lightning struck an apartment complex off Highway 21. While at that call, lightning struck trees and caught them on fire not far away.

"Seems like there's a lot more lightning this year than normal," said Rahn.

Sunday, lightning completely burned a home on Katie Court. It was a total loss from the moment firefighters got on scene.

"When we got there the whole roof was on fire. The house was just about 100 percent fully engulfed in flames," said Rahn.

Six and a half hours later, nothing but the outside of the home remained. The family was at church when it happened.

"This is part of mother nature's work and we just part of the life we have to live," said Rahn.

The toughest part about the storms and calls that come along with them is the demand it places on a small Rincon Fire Department.

"The biggest problem we have with these multiple calls in storms we have multiple calls in a small area and limited man power."

That's where Effingham County's other departments come in handy. Finally, at the end of a long hour of storms, a little hope in the form of blue skies.

"It's a good sight."

It's all a good day's work for Chief Rahn and his team. The couple displaced in that house fire said all their needs are met right now. They did ask for thoughts and prayers as they rebuild.

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