Lakeland home catches fire before dawn June 1

LAKELAND – Initial reports say a pre-dawn lightning strike is apparently responsible for a major Lakeland home fire on Friday, June 1.

Fire crews from Shelby County and Memphis responded to the scene in the 9800 block of Kingsridge Drive around 2:30 a.m.

Reportedly, the previous owners had just moved out and the house was vacant.

Details have not yet been released about the fire investigation or whether any firefighters were injured.

CAROLYN BAHM is the editor of The Bartlett Express. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to