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Lightning strikes James Fowler High School, crews contain roof fire

Last Updated Jun 6, 2021 at 9:34 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Lightning struck a northwest Calgary school Saturday afternoon and did some fire damage, as Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm watch for southern Alberta.

James Fowler High School was hit by lightning before 1:30 p.m. as the thunderstorm — which was expected to bring rain, hail and heavy winds — passed over the city.

Fire crews were dispatched to the school after receiving multiple calls, including reports of smoke coming from the roof.

Firefighters needed to cut away some of the building material already burned by the lightning and the fire that followed.

Crews say the fire was quickly contained. They expect the damage is minimal.

Students returning to the school Monday are not expected to be affected.