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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A fire at a gas station in Buechel had the intersection of Hikes Lane and Bardstown Road blocked for a time on Thursday.
One witness tells WDRB News that a bolt of lightning struck the Marathon station. It happened shortly after 11 a.m.
'"It was a really long, really thin stream of lightning," Mark Carwile said. "Really neat, really cool, I liked it. Not neat that it closed it down, but I ain't never been that close to lightning in my life, so that's kinda cool."
Carwile described a large cloud of smoke coming from the building and said one person was trying to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher. He said the fire department responded quickly.
Buechel firefighters confirm the lightning strike, saying it hit a component on the building, and blew a gas meter off. What started as a small initial fire was fed by a gas line.
The building suffered only a little external structural damage. No one was hurt.
Buechel, Okolona, Camp Taylor, and McMahan fire departments responded.