First there was this 'loud boom' - the rest is a little fuzzy

Published: May. 20, 2018 at 9:02 AM CDT
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Fire chased a Lincoln family from their home Saturday leaving a mystery and a gaping hole in its wake.

Fire crews were called to the 7100 block of S. Hampton Road around 6:30 a.m.

Battalion Chief Leo Benes said the family had been awakened earlier by a "loud boom" but couldn't find anything wrong with the house. It wasn't until later that the smell of smoke got their attention. They called the fire department and evacuated.

Benes said the initial thinking is that a lightning strike might have been the culprit but that's still just speculation. The mystery still looms.

Authorities say they were able to save a significant portion of the house. Damage is estimated at approximately $25,000.

No one was hurt.