GODFREY — A lightning strike sparked a fire Tuesday at an apartment complex damaged in an October blaze.
In a press release, Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian said the fire department responded at 9:46 a.m. to a report of a roof fire from a lightning strike at the Woodbury Manor apartment complex, 109 Woodbury Manor. The Fosterburg Fire Department responded with an engine company under automatic aid.
Upon arrival, Assistant Chief Eric Cranmer confirmed a working structure fire with smoke issuing from the eaves and gable vent of the attic space. Godfrey requested a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System box alarm for a commercial fire, which dispatched the Alton Fire Department with a ladder and chief and Brighton Fire Protection District with an engine. Additional off-duty Godfrey firefighters also responded.
Firefighters confirmed the structure was unoccupied and initiated an interior attack, locating fire in the attic space above a bathroom. The fire was knocked down with approximately 200 gallons of water and declared under control within 25 minutes of arrival. Because of rapid suppression efforts, only minor fire and water damage occurred.
The building is uninhabited as has been undergoing repairs since the Oct. 28 fire. One improvement in place as a result of the October fire are new fire walls separating the attic space over each apartment and an improved fire wall between the front structure and rear structure. These fire walls prevented the fire from extending into the rest of the attic, resulting in an estimated loss of only $5,000-$7,500 compared to a loss of more than $200,000 in October.
A total of 26 firefighters and eight vehicles responded to Tuesday’s fire. Assisting agencies included the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Lifestar EMS.
No one was injured.