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Lightning strikes hospital roof

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 30, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Firefighters believe lightning struck an air-conditioning unit on the roof of St. Petersburg General Hospital and caused a small electrical fire Saturday night.

No patients had to be evacuated.

Hospital staffers smelled smoke in the area of an X-ray lab and called 911 about 7:45 p.m.

Several firefighting crews came and checked out the building at 6500 38th Ave. N for more than an hour.

They found smoke and evidence of a lightning strike but no flames.

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