Chicago Sun-Times

Light­ning strike starts fire in at­tic

- BY DAVID STRUETT, CST WIRE RE­PORTER dstruett@sun­times.com | @dstru312 Fires · Disasters · Incidents

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve a light­ning strike is re­spon­si­ble for start­ing a fire in a Gurnee town­home Mon­day evening in the north sub­urbs.

The bolt struck about 6:40 p.m. and left dis­tinct char­ring on the roof, ac­cord­ing to Gurnee Fire Bat­tal­ion Chief Bob Her­aver.

A neigh­bor no­ticed smoke and alerted 911 and the fam­ily of four, who safely evac­u­ated the home in the 700 block of Wake­field Road, Her­aver said.

Fire­fight­ers found smoke pour­ing out from the at­tic area, he said.

“We went in­side, looked around and didn’t see a large vol­ume of fire,” Her­aver said. “There was smoke in the at­tic. We pulled out the ceil­ing to get ac­cess and wet it.”

The fire was con­tained in about 15 min­utes, he said.

The dam­age done: $20,000 to the home and $20,000 to the be­long­ings in­side.

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