Lightning starts fire at Sugar Grove home

By on June 24, 2011

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Fire Department on Tuesday was dispatched to the 200 block of Carol Street to contain a fire that was caused when lightning struck the roof peak of a house.

The lightning strike started a fire in the roof and attic of the house sometime around 8:34 p.m. Fire Chief Marty Kunkel said that the house suffered $95,000 in damage, with $75,000 of that total attributed to structural damage, and an additional $20,000 attributed to content damage caused by water.

“We were able to pinpoint the location of the fire and contain it in 30 minutes, and we were there for about two-and-a-half hours,” Kunkel said.

The family of four who lives in the house was present at the time of the fire, but escaped without injury.