A lightning storm about 5:30 p.m. Friday ignited a tree in flames near Stampede Avenue and caused a power outage downtown.

At 5:45 p.m. the Cody Volunteer Fire Department responded to a tree fire near Stampede at 1647 20th St., in front of the home owned by Dave Weisbeck.

Lightning struck the fir tree, causing it to burst into flames, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes, Fire Marshal Sam Wilde said.

They cleared the area within one-half hour, after extinguishing the tree and cutting it down, Wilde said.

Meanwhile, about 120 residents south of Sheridan Avenue were without power for about 90 minutes Friday evening, city electrical superintendent Bert Pond said.

A switch at the corner of 19th and Beck tripped open in response to heavy lightning, which cut off power to prevent a fire or other damage, Pond said.

“The delay was in determining the trigger for the power outage,” Pond said, explaining that two staffers had to check all the power lines to make sure there were no additional causes for the power outage, such as a tree falling on a line.

The lightning storm ended about 6:30 p.m. followed by a short downpour of rain.

(Heidi Hansen can be reached at heidi@codyenterprise.com.)

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