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Greenville Co. apartment complex catches fire after lightning strike

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville apartment complex caught fire after being struck by lightning on Thursday afternoon.

Dispatchers confirmed that Ashton Woods off Pelham Road was struck during a thunderstorm and Building 20 caught fire. 

Smoke and flames were seen shooting from the building around 4 p.m.

The fire chief on scene said two units in Building 20 were a complete loss. He said no one was injured in the fire, though one firefighter did suffer some minor heat exhaustion and was treated. He said he is OK. 

The fire chief said crews were in the area responding to an alarm when they saw the smoke coming from Ashton Woods.

He said lightning-strike fires aren't an unusual occurrence.

Volunteers with the Red Cross of the Western Carolinas are assisting about 30 families displaced by the fire.

Red Cross officials said a number of apartments that were not affected by the fire did not have electricity on Thursday night.

On Dec. 10, 2010, more than 30 people were left without homes after a fire in Building 25 at the same apartment complex. Firefighters said that fire was caused by improper storage of household chemicals.

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