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Lightning strike sparks Lake Forest house fire


September 19, 2013 (LAKE FOREST, Ill.) (WLS) — A lightning strike may have sparked a house fire in north suburban Lake Forest, Ill.

Fire crews were called to the three-story home in the 300-block of Ravine Park Drive around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials say a lightning bolt struck the home, ripped bark off a huge tree and punch a hole into the roof.

“The whole house shook, and we saw white, then we saw a red flash,” Liz Scully. “We checked around the house to see if there was any damage. My oldest daughter’s room had a hole above her window.”

No one was injured.

The fire department said another lightning strike knocked some bricks off a chimney at a nearby home.