Storms spark building fire and soak Northwest Ohio - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Storms spark building fire and soak Northwest Ohio

Branches down in Northwood. Branches down in Northwood.
Flooded streets from user Babygurl. Flooded streets from user Babygurl.
Power line from Adam Montgomery in Bluffton. Power line from Adam Montgomery in Bluffton.
Tiffin at 5:00pm. Tiffin at 5:00pm.
Here's a pic of the oncoming storm over Lake Erie from WTOL Weekend Assignment Editor Katie Warchol. Here's a pic of the oncoming storm over Lake Erie from WTOL Weekend Assignment Editor Katie Warchol.

TOLEDO (WTOL) -- Lighting from thunderstorms moving across Northwest Ohio, Thursday afternoon, sparked a commercial building fire at Dorr and Westwood.

News 11's Rob Wiercinski was on scene. Assistant Fire Chief Luis Santiago said the fire was sparked by lightning striking the building around 4:30 p.m.

There were people inside the clothing store on the property. Other spaces were vacant. All people were evacuated. One fire fighter suffered minor injuries after a partial roof collapse.

News 11 viewer Vicki Voyantzis sent a photo. She describes, " It was a small shopping center and LA Nails was burning - flames were shooting out of the roof."

StormTrack 11 meteorologists said some of the storms might become severe with large hail and strong winds.  

This is after many areas across NW Ohio saw between 1-2" of rain Wednesday (with isolated higher amounts).  

Jonathan Walsh was out in the elements and says the thunderstorms caused downed power lines and minor flooding across Maumee and  the News 11 viewing area.

At the corner of Branson and River Road, he found power lines down and Toledo Edison crews working to clean up the mess.

Coming down the Anthony Wayne Trail there was heavy, pounding rain and hail. Some people got stuck under flooded underpasses.  

Maumee missed out on most of the damage.

News 11 at 11:00 will have continuing coverage of the storm damage and cleanup.


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