Confirmed: House fire sparked by lightning

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. A thunderstorm went through between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. that day. Neighbors reported hearing a loud “boom” before the fire was discovered.

Dreyer said that eight area fire departments were at the scene, primarily because of the need for manpower and because of the distance away from the nearest source of water.

“Everybody worked seamlessly together,” he said.

Damage was estimated at about $102,000 for the structure, Dreyer said.

The fire chief said he didn’t have an estimate for the home’s contents, but “usually insurance will go at half the value of the house for its contents.”

The Kary family was being assisted by the American Red Cross until the insurance company took over, Dreyer said.

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