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Lightning Strike Sets Car On Fire In Bend

Bend Fire Department

On Friday afternoon, the Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire which was parked in a residential driveway.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the cause of the fire was from a lightning strike which entered into the front windshield.

The energy traveled down into the dashboard, causing it to shatter.

The airbag deployed and due to temperatures generated by the electrical discharge, it began to burn.

Credit Bend Fire Department
The airbag inside the BMW deployed, sparking a fire that was quickly extinguished by firefighters before spreading to a nearby home.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire before it spread to the home which was about three feet away.

The car was unoccupied and the owners were out of town.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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