Lightning Sparks Fires

By: Myrddin McHugh, KOLN Email
By: Myrddin McHugh, KOLN Email

Lightning is blamed for starting two fires Thursday morning.

No one was home just after 7 a.m. when lightning struck the chimney of an Omaha house near South 45th and Pine streets (pictured right). A neighbor called 911 to report the fire. Smoke and water damage was mostly confined to the attic.

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It was the same story in Lincoln where a neighbor called 911 to report a house fire caused by lightning. Crews arrived at the residence near Cornflower Drive and Meridian Drive (pictured left) around 2:30 a.m. to find flames coming from the roof.

No one was hurt and the Red Cross was helping the resident relocate.

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