Lightning sparked fire in north Huntsville

Lightning sparked fire in north Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville fire crews responded to a home on Wilshire Cove in north Huntsville on Monday after reports of a lightning strike.

Olive Jones, the homeowner, said she was in the house when she heard a loud sound and saw a red flash though the living room window. That's when Jones said the power went out.

"I saw a flash behind me in the backyard," Jones said. "The light came through a window in the living room, and then my son said 'I smell something smoking.' He went out and looked up and saw the fire coming out of the roof."

Crews were able to put the fire out. Huntsville Fire Chief Randy Green said the damage was mainly to the roof, with minor smoke damage to the rest of the house.

The city fire marshal's office confirmed lightning was the cause of the fire. Assistant Fire Marshal George Daigle said lightning first struck a tree next to the house, then took the path of least resistance, causing damage to the attic and the electrical system.

There were no injuries. Four people in all were displaced from the home.

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