The storms that passed through the area last Sunday night brought with them a lot of lightning, which was the cause of a fire at a Highland chiropractic office.
Highland Fire Chief Rick Bloemker told WGEL the Highland Fire Department was paged to Highland Chiropractic in the 200 block of Walnut Street around 10:40 p.m. Sunday, August 9. The building was formerly a residence, converted into a business.
Bloemker said there was heavy smoke upon their arrival and fire personnel made two separate attempts to enter the building. On the first attempt, they were driven back by heavy fire in the attic area. After their second failed attempt to fight the fire from the inside, the roof of the building began to collapse. Crews were on the scene until about 4:00 a.m. No one was injured.
Bloemker said while the office was a total loss, crews were able to rescue the practice’s computer and medical records on one of their attempts to enter the building.
Highland Chiropractic is operated by Dr. Mark Lacich. Chief Bloemker said Dr. Lacich has been in contact with contractors and plans to rebuild his practice as soon as possible.