A fire rages at Loch Lomond on Saturday after lightning hit a transformer.
A fire rages at Loch Lomond on Saturday after lightning hit a transformer. John Towells

Nature's fury leaves path of destruction in Rose City

THE violent storm that swept through the Rose City on Saturday left a path of destruction in its wake, including fire, fallen powerlines and a trapped motorist.

A police spokesman said lightning struck a tree on Dragon St near the TAFE campus, which toppled powerlines onto a car and trapped a female motorist.

She was stuck in the car until Ergon Energy and emergency services cut the power.

She was not injured but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile at Loch Lomond, firefighters were kept busy battling a blaze that ignited when lightning hit a transformer just after 4pm.

The police spokesman said the Orchard Rd fire came close to buildings.

"It burnt an estimated 100 acres and Warwick fire units and rural brigade units prevented the fire from damaging any buildings or structures and only the land has been destroyed," he said.

Fire crews left the scene just before 10pm on Saturday night.

Hendon was also hit with a destructive grassfire on Saturday afternoon, however it was unrelated to the storm.

A permitted fire on Barron St got out of control about 2pm.

The fire was contained and the occupant of the property taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.



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