Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Lightning is to blame for a house fire at 6835 Stillington Drive in Liberty Township at about 1:45 a.m. Friday. The residents told emergency responders they heard a crack of lightning and then the roof and second floor caught fire, said Fire Chief Paul Stumpf. The fire completely gouged the roof, which collapsed.
“That happens a lot. You would be surprised how often lightning does cause a fire in some of the residential areas,” said National Weather Service meteorologist John Franks.
Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze. The second floor and the roof appear to be a complete loss.
The 2,964-square-foot, four bedroom home is valued at about $300,000. Damage was set at $100,000.
The family – three adults – and their dog and three cats escaped, and firefighters rescued two cats who were hiding inside the house.
The American Red Cross was called to help them find temporary lodging.
Two firefighters suffered minor burns, including one who was treated and released at West Chester Hospital, Stumpf said. The other firefighter was treated at the scene.
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