CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) — A cross at the top of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte was struck by lightning around 7:30 a.m. and fell off the top of the building.

The Charlotte Fire Department said they were called to the church because there was smoke coming from the peak of the building after it was struck by lightning.

There was a small fire but fire fighters were able to quickly put that out. The only real damage to the structure was the cross. No one was injured, according to the Charlotte Fire Department.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time this cross has been struck by lightning. About 25 years ago, a wooden cross in the exact same location was struck by lightning, church officials said.

A lightning storm came through mid-Michigan this morning and also struck a house in Williamston.

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Fire Department