PHOTOS & VIDEO: [UPDATED 11:30 AM] A residential apartment building on 7th Street was evacuated after a lightning reportedly struck a gas pipe. The incident prompted the Fire Department to hit out for a General Alarm.
The lightning struck on the roof, and traveled through the building, according to Fire Chief Rodney Youmans. There was smoke visible at one point, Chief Youmans said.
Dozens of firefighters, EMS and Lakewood First Aid personnel responded to the scene and evacuated all the building’s residents.
7th Street between the tracks and Princeton Avenue is shut to traffic as officials determine there are no further threats to the building.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene inspecting the building.
The building is expected to remain closed for the next few hours. TLS.