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Forum staff reports, Published August 02 2011

Lightning strike blamed for Glyndon house fire

GLYNDON, Minn. – A lightning strike is believed to have damaged a home’s electrical system here Monday night, resulting in a fire that caused an estimated $4,000 to $6,000 damage, Glyndon Fire Chief Bob Cuchna said.

Firefighters were called at 10:50 p.m. to 302 9th St. S.E. for a small fire in the attic, Cuchna said.

A family of four was home at the time, but no one was injured, he said.

The family reported seeing a flash and hearing a boom right before the power went out, Cuchna said. There was no evidence of a direct lightning strike on the house, but the strike appeared to have blown circuit breakers in the home, he said. The family noticed the fire about 20 minutes after power was restored, he said.

Fire damage was limited to the attic, but firefighters had to pull down the ceiling to reach the fire, Cuchna said.