Lightning Strike Sets House Ablaze

A house fire over the week­end in Defi­ance that was said to have been caused by light­ning left three peo­ple with­out a roof over their heads. It hap­pened early Sat­ur­day morn­ing, around 5AM, and when fire crews arrived, the fire was dis­cov­ered in the attic of the house on Hop­kins Street. Fire­fight­ers had it pretty well con­tained about an hour later. Two adults and one juve­nile were dis­placed, and a Defi­ance fire­fighter was said to have been taken to Defi­ance Regional Med­ical Cen­ter as a pre­cau­tion but was treated for unspec­i­fied rea­sons, and released. Inves­ti­ga­tors say ini­tial inspec­tion reveals that the fire was most likely caused by light­ning as a thun­der­storm rolled through the area early Sat­ur­day morning.

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