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Debris falls through roof in Indianapolis storm

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 6:37 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighters say a lightning strike apparently sent a piece of masonry flying off a building in downtown Indianapolis and through the roof of an adjacent building.

They say they were responding to a water flow alarm Saturday night and found a hole measuring 10 feet by 20 feet in the ceiling of the fifth floor and water flowing from a sprinkler system damaged by falling debris. They then found a piece of decorative brick masonry measuring 4 inches by 20 inches had fallen from the 17th floor of an adjacent building.

A security guard working in a nearby building told firefighters she "heard a loud thunder clap, boom, and something falling" during intense thunderstorms Saturday evening.