Lightning is believed to have struck the steeple of Solem Lutheran Church near Kensington on Friday night. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a passerby reporting the fire at County Road 1 SW in rural Kensington. The Kensington Fire Department responded with assistance from the Hoffman, Evansville and Alexandria Fire Departments. The Alexandria Fire Department’s aerial truck was used to extinguish the fire.

The steeple was damaged by fire and the rest of the church sustained water damage, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities believe the fire started from a lightning strike as a thunderstorm with frequent lightning passed through the area Friday night. Also responding to the scene were Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Hoffman Ambulance.

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