GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A "massive" lightning bolt started a house fire in Golden Valley on Monday, according to fire officials.
Golden Valley Fire Chief John Crelly says the call came in at 2:43 p.m., and just a couple minutes before that, multiple people said the house was hit by "one heck of a lightning bolt."
When crews arrived at the home on the 2400 block of Douglas Drive in Golden Valley, the attic was heavily involved. It took them about two hours to put the fire out.
Crelly says one tenant was home at the time of the fire, and responders successfully got him out. He had already rescued a cat and a dog by himself, but crews would not let him go back in. Crelly said they sent a crew into the basement to find a cat that he was still searching for. The cat was taken to the Golden Valley emergency vet and is expected to make a full recovery.
No one was injured in the fire.
The house suffered extensive damage and is "for the most part a total loss," Crelly says, with the entire roof structure compromised and all the ceilings down.
Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and West Metro fire crews responded. Plymouth and Robbinsdale sent fire engines, Minnetonka brought an air truck, and Eden Prairie fire brought an LSU (Life Safety Unit).
Crelly said people in close proximity saw a "massive" lightning bolt that hit three or four times. The tree in front of the house and the side of the house itself appeared to have taken hits, according to Crelly.