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Lightning Strike Damages Trees
Fewell fire pix
This photo, courtesy of Diane Fewell, shows the trees engulfed in flames near the River Paradise Mobile Home Park just after an early morning lightning strike Friday in Oakdale.

A violent late spring thunderstorm rocked the Oakdale area overnight, with one lightning strike setting off a fire near the River Paradise Mobile Home Park.

Fire crews were on scene shortly after 3 a.m., when a stand of large trees was struck and erupted into flames. The trees were behind a mobile home in the complex. Authorities did not report any injuries but the orange ball of flames was visible from many locations in the city.

Roughly a third of an inch of rain fell as two different cells swept over the region, the first with the accompanying thunder and lightning just before 3 a.m. and a second, lighter rain about 4:30 a.m.

Oakdale Police also responded to the scene to assist.