The City of Rolla Fire Department responded to Hope Lutheran Church in Rolla after the building’s steeple had been struck by lighting in the early afternoon on Feb. 19. The steeple caught on fire, but thankfully there was no internal damage, and the roof is still intact.

Chief Ron Smith said responders were able to arrive quickly and get the situation under control, and got in touch with someone from the church to inform them of what happened.

Smith added that thankfully, there were enough people out and about the area that time of day, and the situation was reported quickly after it happened.