Lightning sparks multiple house fires in metro

4:53 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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EDEN PRAIRIE/MINNETONKA, Minn. - Lightning is believed to be the cause of multiple house fires due to early morning storms in the Twin Cities metro area Friday.

One fire happened in the 10800 block of Leaping Deer Lane in Eden Prairie around 2:20 a.m. when a homeowner heard a lightning strike but did not find any damage to her twin home so she went back to sleep. Around 4 a.m. the smell of smoke woke her and her daughter up and they found the entire roof on fire.

The woman and her daughter along with two cats were able to escape the twin home safely but the damage appears to be extensive.

Another fire happened in Minnetonka and fire officials say it is a total loss. Fire crews were called to the 16000 block of Grays Bay Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Fox told KARE 11 he believes this fire was sparked by lightning.

There were no injuries in the Minnetonka fire and several pets were able to be rescued as well.

Yet another lightning strike destroyed a home in Rosemount.  Crews responded to the fire around 3:30 a.m. after lightning struck the master bedroom of a home on Derryglenn Court.  No one was injured in this fire.

Lightning strike fires have also been reported in Farmington and Maplewood.

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