Tuesday's storm caused a small structure fire at a residence near Lower Oak Leaf Road, in the Athens area, fire officials confirmed.

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Tuesday's storm caused a small structure fire at a residence near Lower Oak Leaf Road, in the Athens area, fire officials confirmed.

“Lightning struck a tree, and traveled across the clothesline and arced against the house. So there was some damage to the outside of the house, but that's it," said Leeds and the Thousand Islands Acting Fire Chief Mike Prior.

No injuries were reported.

Prior noted that lightning-caused fires are not very frequent in the township.

"I think we've had two or three; we had a couple more calls due to lightning strikes on trees and such over the last couple of days but that's kind of it."

"It does happen for sure but it's not a really common, common thing."

There isn't much people can do to prevent fires that come from lightning strikes, said Prior.

"People used to have lightning rods on their homes but nobody has those anymore expect for old farms, but there's not a whole lot we can actually do."

Prior advises that anyone who notices a fire leave the house and call 911.

"If you feel like your house has been struck, you want to make sure you're checking to make sure you haven't got a fire, because we have had it before where the people didn't know, they thought their house had got struck but it burned before they actually had a chance to get to it," he said.

"Check your home; if you feel that your home has been struck by lightning call the fire department."

Tuesday's storm prompted a severe weather statement. According to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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