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Lightning strike ignites house fire

The owners of a home on Fox Mountain say it’s a miracle they escaped unharmed after lightning caused their home to catch fire Monday.

While they were eating dinner, there was a thunder shower and they believe lightning hit a tree right near the home. The wife said the strike ran down the tree, across the clothesline, blowing it off.

It then hit the back light, knocking it out of the socket and that’s where the fire ignited. Within minutes of being called at 6 p.m. the Williams Lake Fire Dept. arrived with four apparatus and 24 firefighters.

“We also had mutual aid from Wildwood with two tenders and four firefighters,” deputy fire chief Rob Warnock said. “We were able to contain the fire into the attic area.”

The home was a 30-year-old log home with a tile roof that was built by the owners. There is water and smoke damage throughout the home and the owners will learn later this week from the insurance adjustor whether the home will be saved or not.

 

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