Officials: Lightning likely sparked house fire in Jackson County

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Jackson County fire

A house fire believed to have been sparked by lightning was just one of several weather-related issues in Jackson County.

Firefighters responded around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to a fire on Gladys Highway near the Smith County line.

Jackson County Emergency Management reported the fire appeared to have been the result of a lightning strike.

While at the scene, a fire truck became stranded due to high water, emergency officials said.

Flooding was also reported at Gainesboro Elementary School, Charles Holland Memorial Library and multiple residences.

Emergency crews helped to rescue a woman as her home was surrounded by high water.

“We did have to assist in evacuating one elderly resident around midnight,” Jackson County EMA Director Keith Bean told News 2. “We have a few other residents who have been displaced that evacuated of their own power prior to the water reaching flood level.”

As of Thursday morning, there were still about half a dozen road closures in Jackson County.

Flooding or roadway issues can be reported to Jackson County dispatch at (931) 268-6133.

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