APPLETON – Firefighters evacuated several homes on the city’s north side Thursday after lightning struck a light post and caused a gas fire.

Fire crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to Fuji Drive for a call that fire was burning grass around a light pole with no fuel, according to the Appleton Fire Department.

Appleton Fire Department Lt. Justin Brown said firefighters evacuated several houses in the area and controlled the fire, while We Energies workers