Lightning hits Wilroy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A container plant in Wilroy Industrial Park suffered minor damage in an electrical fire early Sunday.

Firefighters arriving at Crown Cork and Seal, in the 1300 block of Progress Road, around 1:45 a.m. found the electrical room charged with thick black smoke and a fire burning in the panel box, said Capt. Jim Judkins, spokesman for the Fire Department.

Firefighters kept the blaze in check with fire extinguishers until Dominion Virginia Power arrived around 2 a.m. and secured electrical service to the building, he said.

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Flames were contained to the panel box with several spot fires on the electrical room floor, he said.

The fire, which was cause dby a lightning strike, was discovered by an employee who smelled smoke, he said.

Damage was estimated at $6,000.