The storm last Tuesday brought more than rain to Washington; lightning posed problems for a few businesses on the Washington Square.


 

The storm last Tuesday brought more than rain to Washington; lightning posed problems for a few businesses on the Washington Square.

“Everybody on the north side (of the square) was affected and a lot of people on the west side were affected,” Denhart Baking Co. Manager Mark O’Connell said.

According to Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn, lightning struck something on the square, which led to the melting of Denhart’s fire alarm system box and blew smoke throughout the building.

O’Connell said the C-Note Pub was full of patrons and needed to be evacuated, including a few full tables in the restaurant, due to the smoke.

As a result, Denhart Baking Co. was closed Wednesday because its operating systems were down. 

While business was open again come Thursday morning, O’Connell said systems were still being worked on as of Friday and repairs wouldn’t be finished for another few weeks.

Washington Police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker said the lightning strike even caused an alarm to go off at Foster Jewelry.

Vaughn also said other businesses’ were affected as well — their phone lines in particular. 

The fire department also responded to another lightning strike at a home in the Autumn Ridge subdivision Tuesday night.