Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 17, 2013

Lightning damages building at ZCS sports complex


Zionsville — Preliminary damage estimates for a Zionsville Community Schools building that was struck by lightning, and its contents, may reach as high as $200,000 according to Zionsville Fire Department officials.

The ZFD was dispatched to the “Team Building” near the football stadium shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, according to a press release. Firefighters located a fire — attributed to a lightning strike — coming through the roof of the building and extinguished it by 5:20 a.m.

Greg Schellhase, ZCHS athletic director, said most of the damage was in the team room, which is used for watching film and team meetings.

“The fire damage in that room is not too bad,” he said. “It was pretty well contained in the attic of that room. There’s a lot of water damage, which will take a while to repair and restore.”

Schellhase said the locker rooms and other rooms of the building had very little damage other than water damage.

“There is a bit of a smoke smell,” he said. “We will have to displace those students from the locker room for at least a week or so until we can clean out that area.”

Schellhase said he had to move the boys lacrosse game Wednesday night, April 17, to Park Tudor, but other sports programming should not change.

“There was a lot of debris from the fire, and we just didn’t feel comfortable hosting an event,” he said. “We will be able to move forward with programming as we normally would by (Thursday, April 18).”

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, and no injuries are reported.

Lightning caused another fire in the 1100 block of Huntington Woods Place earlier the same morning. According to a ZFD release, firefighters were dispatched to the home at 12:28 a.m. After investigating, crews found a working fire in the basement, which was under control within 20 minutes.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.