Rain, hail, lightning keep Eden Prairie Fire Department busy

As severe storms rolled through Eden Prairie July 25, they brought heavy rain, hail and lightning, along with several fire calls that kept Eden Prairie Fire Department crews busy.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the department received a call about a fire caused by lightning striking a home on Dartmouth Avenue. The on-shift duty crew responded within two minutes from the nearby Fire Station 2. Additional resources responded from other Eden Prairie stations as well as mutual aid from Bloomington, Minnetonka, Excelsior and Edina fire departments.

Just after the Dartmouth fire was extinguished, a 911 call came in from a resident on the west side of town reporting another fire from a lightning strike. Crews responded to Geisler Road just before 8 p.m. Additional resources from Minnetonka and Excelsior responded as well.

The exterior of the home had been struck near the gas meter, and fire was spreading up the exterior vinyl siding. The quick response of fire crews meant that the fire was knocked down quickly and the fire didn’t extend to the attic or interior of the home.

Crews were beginning to clear the scene on Geisler at 8:45 p.m. when another fire was reported on Peep Oday Trail. This fire was not weather-related, but the result of inattentive cooking.

At 8:52 p.m., another call about smoke in a garage came in from Vogel Farm Trail. Crews split between Peep Oday and Vogel Farm in order to cover the needs of the two calls. The Vogel Farm call was another weather-related lightning strike to a nearby tree, leading to the lawn sprinkler system box to be blown out in the garage.