Sue Lloyd shares a photo of a fire started by a lightning strike in Warwick last night.
Sue Lloyd shares a photo of a fire started by a lightning strike in Warwick last night. Sue Lloyd

Surge of emergency calls as lightning strikes

TWELVE emergency calls were made within half an hour last night as lightning strikes started multiple spotfires across Warwick.

Four fire crews rushed around town to extinguish flames started during the storm between 6.30-7pm.

A spokesman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said some of the calls were related to fires at the same location, but 12 reports were made.

Three crews from Warwick and one from Killarney responded to the blazes, which were centralised to three different locations.

The spokesman said one of the fires was on Activity St, where two trees and grass had caught alight after lightning struck an industrial building.

Firefighters worked to put out the flames and prevented them from spreading further.

No damage was done to the building.

Sarah Myers shares a photo of a fire started by a lightning strike on Cunningham St.
Sarah Myers shares a photo of a fire started by a lightning strike on Cunningham St. Sarah Myers

The spokesman said fire crews were also called to a tree fire on Cunningham St near Leslie St.

Residents had started to extinguish the flames by the time crews arrived and the fire did not spread any further than the tree.

A grassfire was also started on Warner St near Newby St, which took crews about five minutes to put out.

"Some crews were doing a drive through of the area as well and reassuring people,” the spokesman said.

Residents managed to capture a couple of the blazes on camera, showing trees engulfed in large orange flames.

Warwick resident Michelle Eastwell captured a picture of a fire in the Industrial Estate.
Warwick resident Michelle Eastwell captured a picture of a fire in the Industrial Estate. Michelle Eastwell


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