Nursing facility fire likely from lightning strike in Springfield Twp.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.

Springfield Twp. fire Chief John Roeder said it was likely an electrical junction box struck by lightning that started this fire. 

He said all nursing home residents were evacuated in place by the time fire crews arrived, but no residents left the building. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. 

Roeder said after ceiling was pulled away, there was a small fire found. 

Health department officials have to check the building first before residents can move back in. 

EARLIER REPORT

Multiple fire departments in Clark County have responded to reports of a structure fire at the Southbrook Care Center in Springfield Twp. Tuesday. 

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Fire crews were dispatched to the center at 2299 South Yellow Springs Street around 11:15 a.m. An off-duty EMT reported a fire in the attic of the structure, according to initial reports. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates firefighters have not found smoke or flames, but have found a smell of smoke in the building. 

The building has reportedly been evacuated. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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