VIDEO: Lightning in Queens sparks church fire, strikes 2 people in park


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Two people were reportedly struck by lightning in Queens on Wednesday night not far from a church fire that was believed to have been sparked by lightning.

The two people were said to have taken a glancing blow by lightning at Charles Drew Park at the border of South Jamaica and South Ozone Park, according to PIX11.

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They were taken to an area hospital but their conditions weren’t immediately known.

Meanwhile, a fire at the nearby Spirit and Truth Christian Church on Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike around 7:30 p.m.

Witnesses told WABC that lightning hit the church’s steeple and raced across the front of the building.

Video shows the church engulfed in flames. The church was empty at the time and no injuries were reported.

The pastor said the congregation only returned to the church in-person a couple of weeks ago because of the coronavirus.

And in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, a house on Jerome Street caught fire after lightning struck it around 7:30 p.m., News 12 reported.

Over 100 members of the FDNY responded to a fire in the attic of the home.

No injuries were reported.

Lightning also struck near the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday evening.

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