An intense lightning and rain storm pummeled Jackson Township just after 5 p.m. on July 22, 2013, resulting in 14 emergency incidents by midnight in Station 55′s area. At 1712 hours Stations 55 and 57 were dispatched to a structure fire at the former Chapel Hill Deli at 305 Whitesville Road. Ladder Tower 5505 responded to the fire which was caused by a lightning strike. Just after that dispatch, Station 55 began receiving a number of calls for other emergencies that included fire alarms, high water flooding over roads, and an outside air conditioning unit on fire at a residence on Castle Avenue. Several other calls were also dispatched for possible lightning strikes however no other fires were caused by the storm. In all, Chiefs 5500 and 5510, with Engines 5511, 5521, and 5541 with Rescue 5503 and Ladder Tower 5505 and Utility 5514 handled all the calls.
Some weather reports indicate that Jackson received over 5.5 inches of rain within a few hours.
Station 54 provided mutual aid responding with Station 55 on a number of the calls.
The night was ended with an electrical odor call on Utica Court at 2305 hours that turned out to be dust near a water heater.
Once again, Station 55 members rose to the challenge caused by this intense storm.