Lightning suspected cause of Brandon house fire

9:04 PM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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Brandon, Florida -- Officials say a lightning strike might have been behind a house fire in Brandon on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at the home shortly before 4 p.m. saw smoke rising from its roof. They were quickly able to extinguish the flames, which originated in the attic.

Two residents told investigators they heard a loud noise and something hitting their house during a storm, and minutes later they smelled smoke. They called 911 and got out of the house safely, along with a dog.

The fire was determined to be accidental, and possibly caused by lightning.

The Red Cross is assisting the two residents with shelter.

No one was injured.

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