Lightning Strike May Have Caused Campstore Fire

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June 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A fire in Richmond, R.I., may have been caused by a lightning strike.

The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday (June 9) at the Wawaloam campground on Gardiner Road in a building that houses a laundry, a general store and a function hall, WJAR-TV, Providence, reported.

A propane tank exploded, causing extra trouble for firefighters.

"There are two propane tanks at the end of the building where the fire orginated, and those had vented and the propane helped feed the fire. That's why the fire spread up to the second floor of the building," said Chief Scott Barber, of the Richmond Fire Department.

Dozens of firefighters responded. Investigators have not determined the official cause of the fire.

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