Lightning strike likely caused fire that damaged 2 east side homes

(Provided Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department)
(Provided Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department believe a lightning strike caused a fire that damaged two homes on the east side of the city Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 700 block of Treyburn Green Drive shortly after 5 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls. Firefighters say black smoke could be seen from 1/2 mile away.

When crews got to the scene they found fire coming from the roof. A woman who lives in the home said she was having the perfect Mother’s Day when she heard a loud boom. Her power then went out, and soon after her neighbors told her that her house was on fire.

The woman and her two children evacuated and called 911. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in a matter of minutes. A home nearby was damaged on the outside from heat produced by the fire.

No one was injured. Damage is estimated at $65,000 for both homes.

Firefighters had been returning from another lightning strike investigation. That house didn’t have any fire, but firefighters did find a hole from a lightning strike on the roof of the garage.



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