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Severe weather downs trees, ignites fire in Miami Valley

Update @ 4:35 p.m.:

The strong winds also damaged trees around the area. In Miami Twp., a giant tree was uprooted in front of a business located at the corner of Centerville Road and Graceland Street. 

Racheal Cullins, who works at the business said she was on the phone when all of the sudden she heard a really loud boom. She looked outside and the tree fell had fallen in the yard, away from the building. 

Had the tree fallen the opposite direction, the tree would have fallen on the building, she said. No injuries were reported.

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In addition, multiple tree branches fell in Deeds Park in Dayton, blocking making the road impassable. There also were no injuries reported. 

FIRST REPORT

The Miami Valley has been under several severe weather watches Friday afternoon. The heavy rainfall and lightening strikes are responsible for flooding and two structural fires in the area, officials said. 

Early Friday afternoon, lightening struck an apartment building in the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court in Washington Twp. A second alarm was requested as firefighters worked to retain the fire to the roof of the building. 

A second working fire at a single family home in Beavercreek was reported just after 3 p.m. Fire crews worked quickly to put the fire out, and no one was injured. 

ON SCENE: Fire at Beavercreek home may have started with lightning strike

There was minor damage to the home, and the family will continue to live there, firefighter said. 

Related: More than 1,600 DP&L customers without power

Fires aside, there’s been some flooding under a bridge on Third and Webster streets  in Dayton. The flood is causing motorists to drive cautiously, but cars are not stranded. 

We will continue to bring you the latest damages reports in the area as we get them. 

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