UPDATE: Russell County EMA director Bob Franklin told News 3 the fire was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy who saw the flames from a large diesel tank. Franklin said besides the destroyed tank, there was minimal damage to the area.
RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – Tuesday night’s storms have caused extensive damage across our area. In East Alabama, EMA officials say a lightning strike ignited a fire at a lumber yard.
The fire happened at Dudley Hardwood in Hatchechubbee, along state Highway 26. The fire began just before 9:00 p.m. after a lightning strike.
Three fire departments from multiple counties are still working to put out the fire, but officials say the fire is contained.
Stay with WRBL News 3 on air and online as we continue to gather updates on storm damage across our area.
*Earlier reports indicated the fire was at Dudley Lumber in Salem, Alabama–those reports are incorrect.
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