Lightning Likely Cause Of Strip Mall Fire

Posted at 5:27 AM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 08:20:56-04

Lightning was the likely cause of a large fire that tore through a Mt. Juliet strip mall overnight.

Strong storms moved through middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon and continued into the night.

Fire officials were called to a strip mall on Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet around 2 a.m. Wednesday. 

When crews arrived on the scene, 50 percent of the complex was engulfed but by the time they got out their gear, the entire building went up in flames.

The fire appears to have originated from the roof.

Officials said the preliminary investigation shows that lightning was the cause of the fire but an investigator would have to confirm that.