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  • Photo by Joe Davenport
    The Rick Walker home on Dyer Road suffered extensive damage after a large tree crashed through the roof.
  • Photo by Keith Gibby
    An aerial photo shows the storm's path up Fires Creek. Barlow Fields was particularly struck hard.
  • Photo by Joe Davenport
    A fire on Chairmaker Overlook broke out around midnight Sunday morning. The house was heavily engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Storm brings fire and fury

Qualla, Barlow Fields struck hard by wind, downed trees, power outages

 A nighttime St. Patrick’s Day storm may have brought the “Luck of the Irish” to some Clay County residents while others experienced heavy property damage. Despite dozens of downed trees, damaged houses and even some smashed vehicles, there were no injuries reported. 

The home of William and Mary Harrington on Chairmaker Overlook actually burned during the later hours of the storm. Clay Fire Chief Brian Anderson said the call came in shortly after midnight Sunday morning and no one was home. “Units arrived and found the structure to be fully involved,” he said. “Units protected exposures close to the property in defensive mode.” He said even though the fire was reported during the storm’s time frame, the cause has not been determined. 

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By Lorrie Ross Staff writer

Clay County Progress

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