Friday, December 8, 2023

VIDEO: Guest captures lightning strike at Great Wolf Lodge

(WYDaily video/Courtesy Julia Van)

A guest staying at Great Wolf Lodge on Monday captured a lightning strike on camera as it struck the outside of a lodge building.

Julia Van was visiting the Greater Williamsburg area from San Diego with her family when she started filming a thunderstorm outside Great Wolf Lodge. The video captured the lightning hitting the roof.

She also captured the small fire that ensued after the strike.

York County fire officials said the lightning struck the water park building, at 549 E. Rochambeau Drive, around 6:30 p.m..

There was no evidence the fire spread from that area.

People inside the water park building were relocated to the main hotel area.

Firefighters monitored the building for any other issues, then returned later to follow up and check on the facility, York County Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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